PhD Program Admission Requirements


Admission to Doctoral Study Requirements

Applicants interested in the Ph.D. program will need to fill out the following  two  application forms:

1. The FAU Graduate College ONLINE application (with fee), available here.

2. The Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences PAPER application, which can be downloaded here. 


In addition to meeting all of the University and College requirements for admission to graduate study, applicants for the PhD program must meet each of the following criteria:


  1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  2. A quantitative score of 155 or higher on the Graduate Record Examination
  3. A minimum 3.0 average in the last 60 credits of undergraduate work
  4. Approval for admission to the PhD program by the faculty of the Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences


Transfer Credits

Any transfer credits toward requirements for the PhD degree program must be approved by the program faculty as well as by the University. A maximum of 30 credits may be transferred.


CCSBS Course Requirements

  • Neuroscience 1
  • Neuroscience 2
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Nonlinear Dynamical Systems
  • Methods in Complex Systems
  • Proseminar
  • A minimum of 5 elective 3-credit courses


CCSBS Advancement to Candidacy Requirements

  1. Formation of the doctoral committee
  2. Successful defense of the student’s research proposal
  3. Submission of Plan of Study to the College
  4. Indication of publication (research paper, conference presentation)


FAU Dissertation Requirements

  1. A minimum of 12 Dissertation credits
  2. A total of 80 credits with grades of “B” or better
  3. Submission and defense of a dissertation based on original research work in an area of specialization acceptable to the student’s doctoral committee.


Upon successful completion of all degree requirements, the student will receive the PhD in Complex Systems and Brain Sciences.

**Applications must be submitted by: February 15th (yearly)

For any questions or inquiries please contact:


Rhona Frankel -
Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences 
Florida Atlantic University 
777 Glades Road, Boca Raton 
FL 33431 

Tel: 561-297-2230 
Fax: 561-297-3634