Ph.D. in Educational Neuroscience


  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate study, including evidence of having received a bachelor's degree from an accredited university. (Those applying during their final undergraduate year will be required to submit a final transcript after completion of their bachelor's degree and before enrolling in their first semester of graduate study.)
  • Official transcripts of all graduate study.
  • International applicants should review this page on how to submit their transcript(s).
  • A non-refundable application fee of $75.
  • A completed graduate school application form.
  • Goals statement. (Follow this link for further instructions)
  • TOEFL is required from all international applicants from non-English speaking countries. (Use 5240 for the ETS institutional code)
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • GRE (Use 5240 for the ETS institutional code)
  • If you are offered admission: The immunization laws for the District of Columbia require all students to provide proof of immunization prior to enrolling. Please visit the Student Health Services website for more information.

Additional Program Requirements

  • 3.2 Undergraduate GPA or higher, a 3.6 or higher GPA in the undergraduate major
  • Undergraduate or graduate study in biology, education, interpretation, linguistics, psychology, philosophy, cognitive neuroscience or other area related to Educational Neuroscience
  • Narrative Statements – Both written English Essay and signed ASL digital “Essay”
    • In addition to the essay questions required in the Gallaudet Admission Application, please answer the question below in written English and in ASL (please be sure to answer all parts. Length limit: English, maximum 4 pages. ASL, maximum 5 minutes)

      Explain your background research experiences, your future professional goals, and why you believe advanced graduate study specifically in the new discipline of Educational Neuroscience is the ideal course for you to achieve your goals.
  • Bilingual language knowledge - in both ASL and English
    • English competence to be determined by submitted written materials and by GRE scores
    • ASL competence to be determined by ASL digital essay and interview (if scheduled)
  • Resume detailing academic, professional, and research experience is required.
  • An example of a completed written project (e.g., research report, course paper)
  • An undergraduate course in basic statistics.
  • Two letters of recommendation addressing your potential for conducting advanced doctoral studies. (May use same letters required for general application requirements)
  • You may be called for an interview with faculty from the PEN program.