The School of Professional Studies meets the needs of students who seek to engage their curiosity, advance their knowledge, develop personal strengths and make a difference in the world. Our students experience transformative learning in diverse, intellectually rigorous communities and prepare for lives of purposeful action. With Brown’s world-class faculty, SPS creates innovative, multidisciplinary programs for emerging leaders who are creating sustainable solutions to pressing challenges in business, cybersecurity, education, healthcare, science and technology, and other fields.
Working with colleagues in Engineering, Medicine, Public Health, Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, the Graduate School and across campus, SPS welcomed more than 9,140 students to Brown in 2016. Our expanded portfolio of Executive Master’s degree programs attracted highly accomplished, mid-career professionals. More than 580 undergraduates completed Summer Session courses on campus and online, and a record 5,240 pre-college students sampled college life and learning on campus, online and in global locations. Every year SPS extends Brown’s reach and impact by attracting new students who are proud to be part of this university.
2016 was a hallmark year for SPS. We welcomed the first cohort of Executive Master in Cybersecurity students and launched the Executive Master in Science and Technology Leadership, Brown’s fourth executive program. Our executive programs tap the expertise of faculty in the arts, humanities, sciences and social sciences, and attract prominent corporate leaders to advisory committees that help ensure their relevance to high achieving practitioners.
SPS helps Brown envision the future. To advance digital teaching and learning, SPS is introducing faculty and students to innovative tools and developing online learning. Through a new partnership with edX, the MIT/Harvard-sponsored digital learning organization with 100 higher education partners, Brown faculty are experimenting and reaching new learners worldwide. SPS is also advising researchers who use online outreach for grant funded projects.
Acting on our commitment to Brown’s Diversity and Inclusion Plan, we recruit and welcome staff and students from diverse backgrounds, enrich programs with multiple perspectives and provide substantial scholarship support for hundreds of students.
SPS is creating the future. With every student, we expand our vision and fulfill our mission to inspire through education.
Karen Sibley, Ed.D.
Vice President for Strategic Initiatives
Dean, School of Professional Studies
Joi Danelle-Whitehead, Assistant Director, Pre-College Programs & Diversity Initiatives at SPS, connects with bright, curious pre-college students to explore their hopes and concerns, and help them build soft skills critical for college success.
IE Brown Executive MBA student presents his project to faculty and peers.
Executives collaborate on a pressing industry challenge.
Executive Master of Healthcare Leadership Commencement, May 2016.
Executives address global leadership challenges.
IE Brown Executive MBA Commencement, May 2016.
A student prepares her poster for a group presentation on a policy option in the Choices unit, Climate Change and Questions of Justice.
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Is a career in medicine right for you? This popular pre-college course is designed to help high school students explore that question.
Talented students from around the world choose Brown University Pre-College Programs to prepare for success and experience the challenge of college-level academics.
The Solar System. Black holes. Galaxy clusters. Quasars. Look at astrophysical mysteries through geology, physics, mathematics with demonstrations and observation. Probe the questions of modern cosmology about the Universe’s first fifteen minutes and its fate.
Are human abilities to learn, communicate and solve problems unique? Students study behavior from genetic, neural and hormonal perspectives in labs that include termite communication, pill bug movement, and other fascinating innate and learned behavior.
Scientists mimic living systems and improve lives with artificial joints and hearts, prosthetics, insulin pumps and an array of biomedical technologies. Students learn about design and tissue engineering, and propose improvements to current technologies.
Where does the concept of race come from and how does it change? With open minds, students examine this sensitive topic and use historical and contemporary texts to frame constructive conversations.