Ph.D. Degree Requirements
- A minimum of 135 units
- Complete all required courses with a grade of B or better
- Pass a Qualifying Exam
- Publish a minimum of one first author publication in a peer-reviewed journal on the topic of the dissertation
- Pass the University Oral Exam (thesis defense)
- Submit a Written Dissertation that is approved by the thesis committee
Please review the doctoral degree requirements in the Stanford Bulletin.
For additional information about minimum residency requirements for PhD students, please see the Graduate Academic Policies and Procedures Handbook, Section 3.2.
Ph.D Program Overview and Degree Timeline
The Neurosciences Program teaches students how to approach and solve research problems by developing skills in modern methods of neuroscience research, the ability to appraise the scientific literature and make scientific judgements, to be self-confident and skillful in communicating research results and ultimately to function as independent creative neuroscientists. Students work closely with faculty, postdoctoral fellows and other students to achieve these goals.