Admissions FAQ

Please find below our most commonly asked questions. If you have a question not addressed below, please email [email protected].

Brown participates in SOPHAS, a centralized application portal for schools and programs of public health. Start your application at sophas.org.

Application Fee Waivers
A limited number of fee waivers (financial-based, service organization participation-based, and international) are available through SOPHAS’ Fee Assistance Program.

GRE Fee Reduction Program
ETS offers a Fee Reduction Program for individuals who demonstrate financial need and/or for participants of national programs that work with underrepresented groups.

Applicants are encouraged to apply early to these programs.

Application deadlines vary by program, however, all PhD programs have a December 15th deadline. Visit our Admissions Requirements page for a comprehensive list of program deadlines.

GRE scores are required and official score reports must be submitted directly to SOPHAS using code 7765 (Brown U Sch Pub Hlth SOPHAS). In lieu of a GRE score, the following programs will consider valid MCAT scores:

  • Master of Public Health (MPH)
  • ScM in Global Public Health (GRE preferred)

Brown University Undergraduates Only - GRE scores are not required for the following programs:

  • AB/MPH
  • 5th year master’s degrees in Behavioral and Social Health Sciences, Biostatistics, and Global Public Health
  • ScM in Global Public Health

Brown does not have a minimum GPA or GRE test score requirement and every application is reviewed holistically by a faculty admissions committee.

​​Competitive applicants demonstrate strong quantitative, qualitative, and writing skills in the form of coursework, standardized test scores, and research and/or work experience relevant to your intended field of study. All applications are reviewed holistically. Specific program requirements:

  • Biostatistics:
    • ​​Master's Applicants (AM or ScM): Three semesters of calculus, one semester of linear algebra, and at least one semester of probability. The AM and ScM programs require the same coursework, however, the ScM program includes a project or thesis.
    • PhD Applicants: Three semesters of calculus and advanced undergraduate courses in linear algebra and probability.
  • Clinical and Translational Research applicants (Certificate or ScM) must be physicians, doctorally-trained basic scientists, or students in doctoral programs or medical school.

Faculty admissions committees do not have a minimum/maximum personal statement length requirement. We encourage you to be succinct while ensuring that you provide enough context to demonstrate your motivations for pursuing the program.

TOEFL Scores
TOEFL scores are required for international applicants, however, the Graduate School at Brown does offer a list of exceptions. Applicants should submit official TOEFL scores to both code 3094 (Brown University) and 5688 (SOPHAS). IELTS scores are also accepted.

International Transcripts
SOPHAS requires international transcripts to be evaluated by World Education Services (WES). Please see SOPHAS' instructions for more information.

The number of applications received varies by year and program. With holistic application review, we encourage you to apply to the program offering the best path for you, based on your experience, interests, and long-term career goals.

Applicants may apply to only one graduate program per application cycle. Generally speaking, admission to our PhD programs is more competitive due to higher application volume and the competitiveness of the applicant pool. While not required, PhD applicants with related master’s degrees, research/publications, and/or experience are often more successful in gaining admission. Unfortunately, we cannot assess your competitiveness prior to submitting your application, so we encourage you to make an informed decision using all available resources.

The Master of Public Health (MPH) is a professional degree of practice that includes an internship and provides broad foundational public health competencies and an opportunity to concentrate; graduate outcomes are diverse. Master of Science (ScM) programs are specialized degrees with more narrowly-tailored research objectives; graduates often progress into research roles or advanced degrees (e.g. PhD).

Your recommenders must be in a position to speak to your academic, research, and/or work-related aptitudes relevant to your intended field of study. Of your three required recommendation letters, we strongly encourage you to submit at least two from faculty.

Most of our graduate students are enrolled full-time, however, part-time enrollment requests are welcome and considered on a case-by-case basis.

Admitted applicants are encouraged to connect with their Graduate Program Director to discuss deferral requests.

Decision notifications vary by program and department, and all offers are made by the Graduate School. We encourage you to check with your individual program for more information.

Tuition, fees, and funding opportunities are outlined on the Tuition & Funding page.

We offer many opportunities to connect throughout the year in-person and virtually and on- and off-campus. Applicants who are unable to attend a scheduled event on our Admissions Events Calendar are welcome to visit throughout the week, but unfortunately we can't always guarantee a personalized visit with faculty. Brown University also offers a new virtual campus tour.