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.

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Application deadlines vary by program. Visit our Admissions Requirements page for a comprehensive list of program deadlines.

Admissions Requirements

No. Programs at the Brown University School of Public Health do not require standardized test scores.

Brown does not have a minimum GPA or GRE test score requirement and every application is reviewed holistically by a faculty admissions committee. (NOTE: The GRE is not required).

​​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.

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.

Part-time enrollment requests for master’s students are welcomed 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.

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Funding opportunities are outlined on the Tuition & Funding page.

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We offer many opportunities to connect throughout the year in-person and virtually and on- and off-campus. Applicants are encouraged to attend events on our Admissions Events Calendar and to tour the School of Public Health virtually. Brown University also offers a virtual campus tour.

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