Neurosciences PhD Program Characteristics and Outcomes

As a member of the Coalition for Next Generation Life Science, Case Western Reserve University publishes statistics annually for PhD programs in the life sciences. Find more information about CWRU's PhD in Neurosciences and the other Degree Programs offered through the School of Graduate Studies

Updated August 2021

Enrollment Headcounts

  Fall 2018 Fall 2019 Fall 2020 *COVID
Recipients Count (%) Count (%) Count (%)
Total 28 100% 16 100% 22 100%
       Domestic 24 86% 13 81% 19 86%
             URM 2 8% 2 13% 4 18%
       International 4 14% 3 19% 3 14%
Male 17 61% 10 63% 10 45%
Female 11 39% 6 38% 12 55%

Admissions*

Recipient AY 2018 AY 2019 AY 2020 *COVID 
BSTP Applicants 370 405 536
BSTP Admits 84 80 85
BSTP Matriculants 34 29 20
BSTP Admit Rate 23% 20% 16%
BSTP Yield 41% 36% 24%

Degree Recipients

by Academic Year of Conferral

Recipients AY 2004-08 AY 2009-13 AY 2014-18
Total 30 29 23
     Domestic 20 23 23
           URM 3 1 0
     International 10 6 0
Male 9 10 13
Female 21 19 10

Median Time to Degree for Recipients

by Academic Year of Conferral

Recipients AY 2004-08 AY 2009-13 AY 2014-18
Total 5.6 6.0 6.3
     Domestic 5.3 6.0 6.3
           URM 5.0 8.3 -
     International 5.9 6.4 -
Male 5.0 5.6 6.0
Female 5.8 6.3 6.3

Cohort Completions

by Academic Year of Entry

Recipients AY 2004-08 AY 2009-13 AY 2013-15
Total Entering 33 35 12
    Retained 0 4 5
    Withdrawn 3 6 2
    Left w/ Master's 5 2 0
Total Completed 25 23 5
     Graduated in less than 4 yrs 1 0 0
      4 yrs to less than 5 yrs 6 1 0
      5 yrs to less than 6 yrs 5 8 2
      6 yrs to less than 7 yrs 7 12 3
      7 yrs or more 6 2 0

Cohort Completion Rates

by Academic Year of Entry

Recipients AY 2004-08 AY 2009-13 AY 2013-15
All Recipients 76% 66% 42%
     Domestic 75% 70% 100%
           URM 0% 0% 0%
     International 78% 30% 0%
Male 75% 77% 60%
Female 84% 56% 29%

Notes

  • Neurosciences participates in the Biomedical Sciences Training Program (BSTP), an umbrella program that serves, among other capacities, as a central recruiting and admissions portal for 11 biomedical PhD programs at CWRU SOM.
  • Underrepresented Minorities (URM) includes individuals who self-identify with one or more of the following: African American/Black; Hispanic/Latino/a; Multiracial, Native American/Alaska Native, and Pacific Islander
  • Time to degree for recipients is the elapsed time between entering a graduate program and degree conferral date and includes any leaves of absence.
  • AY (Academic Year) begins in Summer and includes Fall and Spring.