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 85 students who were enrolled on January 1, 2000 or thereafter and have completed their time at GSBS.

Percentage of Students Completing the PhD degree88.8%
Percentage of Students Completing an MS degree3.4%
Percentage of Students Completing any Advanced Degree92.2%
Time to PhD degree5.2 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 74 Neuroscience PhD and MD/PhD graduates who graduated from 2000 to the present.

This information is updated annually.

Type of PositionPercentage of Graduates
Biotech/Pharma Research18.7%
Biotech/Pharma Business Support & Development10.7%
Academic Research Faculty9.3%
Residency/Fellowship Training9.3%
Academic Postdoc Training8.0%
Academic Research Staff5.3%
Academic Teaching Faculty 4.0%
Academic Clinical Faculty4.0%
Education & Outreach2.7%
Private Clinical Practice2.7%
Not in the Labor Force4.0%


  • Biotech/Pharma Research - Individuals who lead research teams or actively conduct discovery research
  • Biotech/Pharma Business Support & Development -  Individuals in business development, product development, administration, clinical research management, manufacturing oversight, and similar careers
  • Academic Postdoc Training - Individuals pursuing postdoctoral training at institutions of higher education
  • Academic Research Faculty - Faculty at institutions of higher education who conduct discovery research as a significant portion of their activity
  • Residency/Fellowship Training - Individuals (predominantly MD/PhD graduates) in residency or fellowship training
  • Consulting - Individuals working for consulting firms that support the science enterprise
  • Communication - Individuals engaged in science writing, editing or other forms of science-related media
  • Academic Research Staff - Individuals conducting laboratory research in a staff role such as a staff scientist or research associate at an institution of higher education
  • Academic Teaching Faculty - Faculty at institutions of higher education whose primary role is teaching
  • Academic Clinical Faculty - Faculty at academic medical centers who primarily provide clinical care and conduct some research
  • IP/Law - Individuals involved in technology transfer, patent law or other aspects of law
  • Education & Outreach - Individuals working in the primary or secondary education fields
  • Government - Individuals working for a government agency such as the NIH, FDA, or others who conduct or support research
  • Private Clinical Practice - Individuals with a clinical degree in addition to the PhD whose primary function is treating patients
  • Unknown -  Individuals for whom current information is unavailable
  • Not in the Labor Force - Individuals who are not in the labor force