School of Professional Studies

Online and Blended Learning at Brown University

The Online Team at Brown’s School of Professional Studies (SPS) is responsible for the design, development, delivery, and facilitation of online and blended courses within three program areas at SPS: Executive and Professional, Undergraduate, and Pre-College. The team also collaborates with colleagues across Brown’s campus and at other peer institutions to advance online teaching and learning initiatives. Meet the Online Team »

We believe that effective learning depends on high-quality instructional design – no matter whether in a traditional face-to-face classroom or in an online environment. Brown’s online instructors are enthusiastic, imaginative educators working at the forefront of online teaching and learning. They work closely with the University’s instructional designers to develop and facilitate courses that exemplify best practices of student-centered design and inquiry-based learning. Our courses foster exciting, dynamic learning communities that encourage one-on-one interaction, teamwork, and networking. Designing & Teaching with SPS Online »

Blended Executive Programs

SPS's Executive Master programs offer advanced study to mid-career professionals in diverse fields, in alignment with Brown's mission to develop reflective leaders, to effect change in the world, and to improve human welfare. These timely, relevant interdisciplinary programs prepare leaders to meet their most pressing professional challenges, to transform their organizations, and to have a significant impact in their fields.

The blended 15- or 16-month programs combine online coursework with short, intensive residential sessions held on Brown's campus or in locations around the world related to the program's course of study. Current programs include:

IE Brown Executive MBA »
Offered in partnership with internationally top-ranked IE Business School in Madrid, Spain.

Executive Master in Cybersecurity »
Cultivates industry leaders prepared to address the global, technical, and policy challenges of cybersecurity.

Executive Master of Healthcare Leadership »
For clinicians, executives, senior administrators, and others with significant responsibility in the health industry.

Executive Master in Science and Technology Leadership »
Transforms experts in technology, science, and engineering into strategic industry leaders prepared to drive innovation in today’s rapidly changing, global economy​.

Undergraduate Summer Session for Credit »

SPS partners with Brown faculty to develop fully online for-credit courses for Brown University undergraduates; the courses take place over seven weeks during Summer Session.

Brown launched its first fully online for-credit course for undergraduates in the summer of 2013. Building on that and the subsequent summer’s success and positive response from both student and faculty participants, Brown is continuing to grow this online offering for undergraduates.

Pre-College Online Courses »

Pre-college online courses are rigorous, active learning experiences designed specifically for high school students and led by Brown instructors. Students engage in intellectual discussion and complete assignments designed to inspire curiosity and discovery, working closely with their instructors and with talented, motivated students from around the world.

Since 2013, Brown has offered Exploring Engineering, a free, open, online course designed for pre-college students, hosted by Canvas Network. To date, almost 7,500 students have participated.