Master's Program

5th Year Master’s Degree Program in Pathobiology​

Brown undergraduate students may apply to the Graduate School for admission to the 5th Year Master’s Degree Program in Pathobiology.  The student is expected to complete a minimum of eight total credits, of which no more than two shall be research credits, and six shall be didactic, advanced graduate classroom courses. Please review financial obligations here, and note that no financial aid is available for this program.

Of the six didactic graduate classes, two may have been taken to fulfill the concentration requirements of both the graduate and undergraduate degree from the recommended course list below.  Courses may be substituted with prior approval of the Program Directors.  BIOL 2860 and one credit of BIOL 2980 each semester are required. 

It is expected that the applicant identifies a mentor and has approval to perform research in their lab.  All coursework will be completed in the two semesters immediately following the undergraduate degree.  Students successfully completing the required graduate coursework with a grade of ‘B’ or higher will be awarded a Master’s of Arts degree in Pathobiology.  For a Master's of Science, a student is required to complete a written thesis and present their work.

This program is open only to Brown University undergraduates.

Suggested Courses:
BIOL 1290 Cancer Biology
BIOL 1520 Innate Immunity
BIOL 1550 Biology of Emerging Microbial Diseases
BIOL 1560 Virology
BIOL 1600 Development of Vaccines to Infectious Diseases
BIOL 1820 Environmental Health and Disease
BIOL 2050 Biology of the Eukaryotic Cell
BIOL 2290 Signal Transduction
BIOL 2640 Viral Immunology
BIOL 2860 Molecular Mechanisms of Disease, Pathology I
BIOL 2980 Graduate Independent Research

Application deadline is May 1, 2024.