About the Program

Learn about the Neurosciences program


The Stanford Neurosciences program has awarded more than 380 degrees.

The Neurosciences graduate program seeks to provide a broad background in Neuroscience to all students while allowing individuals to dive deeply into their chosen subfield of interest. Our primary goal is to develop leaders within their respective fields who think independently and have the technical, professional, and intellectual skill sets needed to be successful. We believe that training in the fundamentals of research can generally serve as a cornerstone for many career paths. Rigor in experimental design, data collection, analysis, and data interpretation is broadly applicable and thus forms the foundation of training for each entering student. Working as part of team, both within a lab and across laboratories, and good communication - both verbal and written - are critical skills that we try to instill into our students.

Our trainees are not driven toward any particular career choice. Our goal is to provide opportunities that place students in the strongest position to obtain their job of choice. Figure 1 presents postgraduate positions of our alumni over the past ten years, showing the top ten professions and job sectors. It is clear from these distributions that greater than 95% of graduates are in positions that directly use the scientific training received while at Stanford, and that nearly half of all graduates remain in an academic setting.