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The INP and the BBS

Students seeking entry into the Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program apply through the Neuroscience Track of Yale's Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS) program via the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences 'Apply Now' online application. The BBS is an umbrella program that encompasses many other fields of study in the biological sciences in addition to neuroscience.

Students who are accepted into the BBS program in the Neuroscience track will first complete one year of course work and lab rotations as BBS students. At the end of the first year of study, students in all tracks of the BBS are required to select a dissertation adviser, at which point they move from the BBS track and formally join a degree-granting program. Students who come into Yale via the Neuroscience track of the BBS will generally join either the Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program or the Neuroscience department. Students in both groups will receive a PhD in Neuroscience.

Clearly, there are close associations among the BBS program, the Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program, and the Neuroscience department, although all three are distinct entities. In all cases, however, applicants who wish to receive a degree in Neuroscience begin by applying to the Neuroscience track of the BBS. Those with further questions are encouraged to contact the registrars and/or Directors of Graduate Studies for the Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program and Neuroscience department, or the coordinators of the BBS program.

Relevant Links

  • Yale Graduate School Admissions: main website for information about applying to Yale’s Graduate Programs including the Apply Now online application.
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS) website: main website for the BBS program with frequently asked questions, track descriptions, and more.
  • Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences: main website of the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Go here for a complete list of Yale's Ph.D.-granting programs and general information on attending graduate school at Yale.
  • The Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program can be contacted via email.