Neuroscience Graduation Stats & Career Outcomes

Graduation Statistics

To help applicants and others interested in the Neuroscience program, we provide information on the outcomes of trainees who have enrolled in our program.

The information below is based on the 72 students who were enrolled on January 1, 2000 or thereafter and have completed their time at GSBS.

Parameter Value
Percentage of Students Completing the PhD degree 88.9%
Percentage of Students Completing  an MS degree 2.8%
Percentage of Students Leaving without a degree 8.3%
Time to PhD degree 5.3 years

Career Outcomes

To help all applicants and others interested in the Neuroscience program, we have summarized information of the careers that are being pursued by the 61 Neuroscience PhD and MD/PhD graduates who graduated from 2000 to the present.

About 43% of Neuroscience graduates pursue careers in the academic sector while about 36% pursue careers in the biotechnology industry. The remaining graduates pursue a wide range of other careers.

This information is updated annually.

chart of Neuroscience program career outcome statistics as of 2021

Academic Sector

  • Faculty - Research - Faculty at institutions of higher education who conduct discovery research as a significant portion of their activity
  • Faculty¬† - Teaching - Faculty at institutions of higher education whose primary role is teaching
  • Faculty - Clinical - Faculty at institutions of higher education who conduct clinical or basic research and have clinical duties.
  • Research Staff - Individuals conducting laboratory research in a staff role
  • Postdoc Training - Individuals pursuing postdoctoral training at an institution of higher education
  • Residency Training - Individuals (predominantly MD/PhD graduates) in residency or fellowship training

Biotech Sector

  • Research - Individuals who lead research teams or actively conduct discovery research
  • Business - Individuals in business development, product development, administration, clinical research management, manufacturing oversight, and similar careers
  • Postdoc Training - Individuals in postdoctoral training in a biotechnology setting

Other Sectors

  • Nonprofit - Individuals employed in a non-profit organization such as an NGO or foundation
  • Communication - Individuals engaged in science writing, editing or working in other forms of media
  • IP/Law - Individuals involved in technology transfer, patent law or other aspects of law
  • Government - Individuals working for a government agency such as the NIH, FDA, or other agencies
  • Education - Individuals working in the primary or secondary education fields
  • Consulting - Individuals working for consulting firms that support bioscience
  • Unknown -¬† Individuals for whom current information is unavailable
  • Not in the Labor Force - Individuals who are not in the labor force