Why Stanford Neuroscience?


Students have the opportunity to work with any of the faculty members who are affiliated with the Neuroscience program. Our faculty come from departments campuswide including Neurobiology, Neurology & Neurological Sciences, Neurosurgery, Biology, Genetics, Comparative Medicine, Electrical Engineering, Otolaryngology, Psychiatry, Psychology, Applied Physics, Molecular & Cellular Physiology, Ophthalmology, and Anesthesia. All are distinguished scientists who have made fundamental discoveries in all areas of neuroscience from molecules to cognition, and have international reputations for excellence in both research and teaching.


After completing core courses in the first year, students are encouraged to take courses in any department that may benefit their research (e.g.,  biosciences, math, and engineering). Students can choose how they would like to distribute their credit requirements, offering great flexibility in their coursework. Stanford School of Medicine continually strives to improve the graduate education system. 


The program has a strong community, fostered in part by the Stanford Immersive Neuroscience course for first year students, an annual retreat held in Monterey, and many other student-run events that encourage mingling such as SIN Tea Time, Neuro Student Network panel discussions and fireside chats, happy hours, and DEIB coffee hours. Starting in the fourth year, students present their work to the community during monthly Superfriends gatherings. Our students also lead a homegrown neuroblog - NeuWrite West - to improve their own skills in communicating science to a general audience.


Students participate in a variety of activities both on and off campus. The gorgeous weather year-round allows students to hike, bike, and rock climb in the area, with weekend ski trips to Lake Tahoe common in the winter. Our students have performed with the Stanford Chamber Chorale, Stanford Medicine Chorus, Stanford Shakespeare company, swing and salsa clubs, and local music groups. The graduate community organizes social events including movie nights, restaurant outings, and parties.  

Admissions Information

Applications for Autumn 2024 are now available


Virtual Information Session Recording (10/02/2023)


The Application Deadline is Tuesday, December 5, 2023, at 11:59:59 pm (PST)