Required Admission Materials
Applicants must provide official transcripts from each accredited college or university they attended, regardless of whether they earned a degree from that institution. This includes transfer credits, baccalaureate, post-baccalaureate, and graduate work.
International students who have earned their undergraduate degree outside the United States may have additional transcript requirements.
For information on submitting official transcripts or on international students’ transcript requirements, please see USC’s Graduate Admissions guidance here
Official GRE Scores
We require all applicants to submit current Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
- Students applying through USC’s Progressive Degree Program.
- Applicants who already hold a PhD or MD (or equivalent) or are currently enrolled in a PhD or postgraduate medical degree program.
Note: Records of GRE scores are purged after 5 years. Please visit the Educational Testing Service online (https://www.ets.org/
) for GRE exam information. Applicants may substitute MCAT scores less than 5 years old for GRE scores.
Letters of Recommendation
A minimum of three (3) letters of recommendation from academic or professional referees are required. At least one letter must be academic.
All letters of recommendation must be:
Sent from an academic or professional email address.
Signed by the person providing the recommendation
Submitted on academic or professional letterhead
The three required letters of recommendation should be uploaded to the USC application portal. Additional letters beyond the three required may be emailed to email@example.com
, with the subject line: Letter of Recommendation – YourName
(e.g., “Letter of Recommendation - Tommy Trojan”).
Statement of Purpose
A statement of purpose of approximately 2-3 pages should address each of the following four questions:
1. What has made you interested in learning about neuroimaging and/or informatics?
2. What evidence can you provide that you are likely to succeed academically in a program that requires scientific aptitude and technical skills?
3. What is your 5-year goal after completing our program, and how will our program help you to meet that goal?
4. What are your long-term goals and how will being part of our program help you to make a positive impact?
Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resume
All applicants must submit a curriculum vitae or resume with their applications.
International Student English Proficiency Requirements
International students whose native language is not English and who have not completed their undergraduate schooling in its entirety within the United States or an Anglophone country must have taken the TOEFL or IELTS exam within two years of the August 1 in which they would begin our program, if accepted.
For more information on these requirements please see guidance from USC’s graduate admissions here
Records of TOEFL/IELTS scores are purged after two years. Please visit the Educational Testing Service
online for TOEFL exam information.
Please refer to the USC International Academy website
if you would like language training to prepare for the program.