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GRE Information

Applicants to doctoral programs must have their official results from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test sent to the Graduate School or the School of Public Health, as detailed below. Some departments require official results of GRE Subject Tests or other supplemental materials. Please refer to individual departmental listings for details on these supplementary requirements and for master’s application requirements. 

The GRE General Test is offered as a computer-based test in the U.S., Canada, and many other countries; where computer-based testing is not available, paper-based tests are available. The GRE is designed to measure skills that students have developed over the course of their academic careers. It is not necessarily related to a single field or set of fields. The test is composed of three sections: analytical writing, verbal, and quantitative. Practice tests are available online at the GRE website, as are a number of other study resources. 

The Advanced Subject tests are offered as paper-based tests and are given in eight areas: biochemistry, cell and molecular biology; biology; chemistry; computer science; literature in English; mathematics; physics; and psychology. This test measures achievement in specific subject areas and assumes an undergraduate major or extensive background in the particular discipline. As with the General Test, a great deal of information and a number of resources can be found at the GRE website.  

Take the exam early enough to accommodate scoring and reporting times. At the time of the test, students can choose which schools should receive reports of their scores at no cost to the student.  

Brown applicants (except those applying to School of Public Health programs) should send all score reports to the Graduate School; the GRE reporting code for the Brown University Graduate School is 3094. (Consult the list below for departmental codes related to subject tests). 

The GRE code for the Brown University School of Public Health is 7765. Applicants to the following programs should use this code:

  • Behavioral and Social Health Sciences (doctoral or master's)
  • Biostatistics (doctoral or master's)
  • Clinical and Translational Research (master's)
  • Epidemiology (doctoral or master's)
  • Health Services Research (doctoral)
  • Public Health (master's)

If applicants are not satisfied with their test scores, they may take any of the tests more than once. Note, however, that the student's entire score history will be reported to any university designated to receive the student’s scores. 

Brown University Graduate School: 3094
Brown University School of Public Health: 7765 

Consult the ETS list for the appropriate department code for the GRE.