Masters Programs in Biology

The Division of Biology & Medicine offers several masters programs within the Program in Biology. The minimum requirements for a master's degree are admission to the program and eight graduate-level courses, successfully completed. Individual departments and programs may have additional requirements regarding the number of required courses, special examinations, and theses. All work to be used in fulfillment of the requirements for a master's degree must be completed within a period of five years. Financial aid for master's students is not centrally managed and varies among programs. Information about admission, program requirements, and financial aid can be found on the program sites listed.

Masters Programs

Biomedical Engineering (BME): The Biomedical Engineering (BME) program provides cutting-edge, interdisciplinary, graduate-level education at the interface of engineering, biology, and medicine. The program features an interdisciplinary approach in three, complementary research areas: I) Mechanobiology, II) Neuroengineering, and III) Regenerative Engineering. Research in these areas is advancing the understanding of fundamental problems in engineering, biology, and medicine, while developing new therapies to improve the quality of life for people with medical problems. The program is distinguished by its quantitative rigor and strong collaborative connections among academic science, clinical medicine, and industry.  The BME graduate program is designed for students with backgrounds in engineering, physics, or applied mathematics that seek additional education and training in the biological sciences.
Program Director: Jacquelyn Schell, PhD

Biotechnology: The graduate program in Biotechnology is offered by the department of Molecular Pharmacology, Physiology, and Biotechnology. It is designed for students interested in a range of topics related to the field of biotechnology including drug and gene delivery, prosthetic devices, cancer therapeutics, vascular grafts, tissue engineering, disease diagnostic assays, and bioartificial organs.
Program Director: Jacquelyn Schell, PhD

Restricted-Enrollment Masters Programs

5th-Year Masters Degree in Biology: The 5th-Year Master's Degree option allows Brown undergraduates to continue at the University for a master's degree after completing their bachelor's degrees.   Students must apply to one of the Graduate Programs in Biology for admission to the 5th Year Program.  Up to two courses of the eight required for the master's degree may be completed while the student is an undergraduate, but at least six semester courses must be taken while in residence.  

Brown-Pfizer Master of Arts in Biology: Brown University, in partnership with Pfizer Pharmaceuticals in Groton/New London, CT, provides on-site, graduate-level courses for Pfizer employees who have completed their baccalaureate degree. Students are welcomed to enroll in individual courses of interest or to take a series of courses, and complete a research project, in order to fulfill the degree requirements.