Admissions and Eligibility

Penn’s Graduate Certificate in Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (SCAN) is open to current Penn graduate students as well as individuals who hold an undergraduate degree or higher. SCAN’s goal is to train future scholars and professionals in diverse fields to work knowledgeably with neuroscience.

We ask that each applicant who is not currently matriculated as a graduate student at Penn submit one set of graduate admissions test scores. The following graduate admissions tests may be substituted for the GRE: LSAT, MCAT, GMAT. You may submit old scores from years ago if you prefer not to re-take the GRE or other test, there is no expiration date. If you need to take the GRE for the express purpose of applying to the SCAN program, and have been out of college for a long time, rest assured that we will take into account that your math or other topics may be rusty. We also require a minimum 3.0 GPA for all non-Penn applicants—this includes the final GPA of your undergraduate studies as well as any graduate or post-graduate education.

Please note that students admitted to the SCAN Certificate Program who are not currently matriculated as a graduate student at Penn may either enroll in the program immediately or defer their enrollment for 1 year. If admitted students do not enroll after that time, they will be required to reapply to the program to be eligible to enroll in courses in the future. Admitted students who are graduate students in other departments at Penn may defer their SCAN enrollment indefinitely so long as there is enough time left in their studies to complete the certificate.

Application and deadlines

The first step toward earning your Graduate Certificate in Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (SCAN) at Penn is completing the appropriate application.

Study toward the SCAN certificate begins in the fall semester each year. Applications are received and reviewed on a rolling basis through the end of the fall course registration period. Our team requests that your application portfolio is submitted by the following dates:

Current and incoming Penn graduate students

Admission Cycle Preferred submission
Fall April 1


Complete the SCAN certificate application for Penn students »



Non-Penn applicants

Admission Cycle Preferred submission
Fall (priority admission) April 1
Fall June 1


Complete the online application for non-Penn students »