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. The following data can also be downloaded as a PDF here or viewed as a data visualization here. Find more information about CWRU's PhD in Neurosciences and the other Degree Programs offered through the School of Graduate Studies

Enrollment Headcounts

  Fall 2017 Fall 2018 Fall 2019
Recipients Count (%) Count (%) Count (%)
Total 28 100% 28 100% 16 100%
       Domestic 26 93% 24 86% 13 81%
             URM 1 4% 2 8% 2 13%
       International 2 7% 4 14% 3 19%
    Male 14 50% 17 61% 10 63%
    Female 14 50% 11 39% 6 38%

Admissions*

Recipient AY 2017 AY 2018 AY 2019
BSTP Applicants 276 370 405
BSTP Admits 62 84 80
BSTP Matriculants 17 34 29
BSTP Admit Rate 23% 23% 20%
BSTP Yield 28% 41% 36%

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 5.59 6 6.25
     Domestic 5.3 6 6.25
           URM 5 8.25 N/A
     International 5.88 6.38 N/A
    Male 5 5.59 6
    Female 5.75 6.25 6.25

Cohort Completions

by Academic Year of Entry

Recipients AY 1999-2003 AY 2004-08 AY 2009-13
Total Entering 40 33 35
    Retained 0 0 4
    Withdrawn 2 3 6
    Left w/ Master's 3 5 2
    Total Completed 35 25 23
            < 4 years 1 1 0
            4-5 4 6 1
            5-6 14 5 8
            6-7 7 7 12
            > 7 years 9 6 2

Cohort Completion Rates

by Academic Year of Entry

Recipients AY 1999-2003 AY 2004-08 AY 2009-13
All Recipients 87.5% 75.8% 65.7%
     Domestic 86.7% 75.0% 69.7%
           URM 100% 0.0% 0.0%
     International 88.9% 77.8% 0.0%
    Male 69.2% 75.0% 76.5%
    Female 95.8% 84.2% 55.6%

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.