Neuroscience Graduate Programs Rankings

Best Neuroscience Graduate Programs – Fall 2015

In compiling the Best Neuroscience Colleges, students often post comments regarding their experiences. One Class of 2017 student earning her graduate degree from Baylor College of Medicine wrote: “Baylor College of Medicine has all the resources of any first-tier university. What’s uniquely valuable is the prime location directly in the middle of the Texas Medical Center, a complex of dozens of hospitals and research institutions. This facilitates unrivaled levels of collaboration, with researchers at places such as Rice University, UT Houston, Texas Children’s Hospital, and the University of Houston. I have loved my time here, with world-class scientists, friendly and open colleagues, and a clean campus with beautiful weather. Houston has every entertainment, sport, or cultural pursuit desirable, as the fourth largest city in the United States, plus a few extras like alligator reserves and NASA. I highly recommend BCM to any prospective neuroscientist.”

Students can continue to review their programs at and qualify to win a $1,000 scholarship, awarded once per semester. Reviews will be incorporated into upcoming program rankings.

1 Texas A&M University 9.14
2 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 9.03
3 Baylor College of Medicine 8.82
4 Brown University 8.73
5 University of California, San Diego 8.68
6 Stanford University 8.66
7 Brandeis University 8.67
8 Emory University 8.59
9 University of Wisconsin-Madison 8.47
10 University of Pittsburgh 8.13
11 Princeton University 8.37
12 The Ohio State University 8.28
13 University of California-Irvine 8.28
14 Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis 8.12
15 University of Vermont 8.10
16 Medical College of Wisconsin 8.09
17 Oregon Health & Science University 8.01
18 University of Pennsylvania 8.00
19 Columbia University 7.95
20 Massachusetts Institute of Technology 7.93
21 Florida Atlantic University 7.92
22 Johns Hopkins University 7.81
23 University Of Southern California (USC) 7.69
24 Florida State University 7.66
25 Georgia State University 7.37

METHODOLOGY reaches current and recent graduate students through scholarship entries as well as social media platforms. These program rankings cover a period from September 1, 2012 to September 30, 2015. assigns 15 ranking categories to each graduate program at each graduate school. Rankings cover a variety of student topics, such as academic competitiveness, career support, financial aid, and quality of network.

For a given graduate program, rankings are determined by calculating the average score for each program based on the 15 ranking categories. These scores are then compared across all ranked schools for that program and are translated into a final ranking for that graduate program, i.e., business and management. A given graduate program is not ranked until a minimum threshold of graduate student surveys is completed for that graduate program.