Brown/Pfizer Master of Arts Program

Pfizer Employees:

Learn more about the Brown/Pfizer Masters of Arts in Biology Program.

Download Slides from the recent Brown/Pfizer Master of Arts in Biology informational session, including presentations on upcoming courses!

Course Enrollment

All course enrollments are processed through the Office of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies in cooperation with the Registrar.  Courses offered at Pfizer may be found on the Courses page of this site. Enrollment forms and requirements may be found on the How To Apply page.

Courses on the Brown Campus

A full listing of Brown courses is available through the Brown Online Course Announcement ( Each Brown course carries 4 semester credit hours. Fall and Spring Semesters are each 12-13 week terms with an additional period of approximately 2 weeks for reading period and final examinations. The Summer term has 6 weeks of classes and an additional week for reading period and final examinations.

Academic Policies

Taking a course for credit means that the student must meet all the course requirements as specified by the instructor. Students are also subject to the same academic policies regarding course prerequisites, grading options and extension of work as any other Brown student. (These policies are outlined in the University Course Announcement Bulletin and are available for the summer term through the publications of the Office of Continuing Education.)

Students requesting additional time to complete a final paper or assignment must have the instructor sign an incomplete form, which must be filed with the Registrar's Office. All incomplete course work must be finished within 1 year for Fall or Spring semester courses or by the start of the fall semester for the Summer term courses. Excuses from final examinations require the permission of an academic dean.

Enrollment does not imply admission to candidacy for a degree. Individuals interested in admission as a graduate student should make inquiries either to the Graduate School or the Brown Medical School. No financial aid is available for visiting students through Brown University.

Students should consult employer policies regarding tuition reimbursement.

Master of Arts Degree Requirements

To satisfy degree requirements for the Master of Arts in Biology, students in the Brown-Pfizer program must:

  • Complete 8 Graduate courses
    • 2 of the 8 courses must be in “core” subjects which are:
      • Cell Biology
      • Biochemistry
      • Genetics
      • Pharmacology
    • 6 of 8 courses must be completed with a grade of “B” or better
  • Successfully complete a “culminating experience” on topic approved by Associate Dean, Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies.  There are two options for the culminating experience:
    • An NIH style research proposal based on an original hypothesis OR
    • A Final paper which, based on the course work taken by the student, represents an original in-depth analysis and literature review of a problem in modern biology.  Students will receive notification about specific paper requirements and deadlines at the beginning of the academic year.