​Students at Brown want to create and navigate their own intellectual journeys. As a result, no two applicants share the same background. Applications to our graduate programs are reviewed holistically by faculty-led admissions committees.

Graduate Application Requirements

Application in SOPHAS, which includes: Letters of Recommendation (3)
Official Transcripts
Personal Statement
The GRE is not required for the 2020-2021 application cycle*
Application Fee
International Applicants* Language Proficiency (TOEFL or IELTS)
Transcript Evaluation (if applicable)
Brown University Undergraduates* Requirements vary by program (see below)


Fall 2021 Application Deadlines


Graduate Program Degree Application Deadline
Master of Public Health MPH March 1
MPH/MPA Dual Degree February 15
Behavioral and Social Health Sciences
PhD December 15 (PhD)
Biostatistics* 5th Year (AM)/OGE February 1
ScM February 1
PhD December 15
Clinical and Translational Research* Certificate July 1
ScM May 1
Epidemiology PhD December 15
Health Services Research PhD December 15

    The Department of Biostatistics welcomes applicants from diverse academic backgrounds to its graduate programs, however, the following prerequisites are required for consideration:

    • Master's Applicants (ScM or 5th Year (AM)/OGE): Three semesters of calculus, one semester of linear algebra, and at least one semester of probability. The 5th Year (AM)/OGE 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.
    • 5th Year (AM)/OGE applications should be submitted through SOPHAS Express, while ScM applications should be submitted through SOPHAS.

    Applicants to Clinical & Translational Research must be physicians, doctorally-trained basic scientists, or students in doctoral programs or medical school. Applicants will be assessed on their academic performance as well as evidence of their potential in the field of clinical and translational research by a committee of public health faculty and other professionals. Application requirements are below:

    • Certificate applications should be submitted through SOPHAS Express, while ScM applications should be submitted through SOPHAS.
    • Letters of recommendation (1 for Certificate, 3 for ScM): If the applicant is a fellow or faculty member, one letter should generally come from their program director, division director, department head or primary mentor.
    • Personal statement should demonstrate understanding of—and commitment to—pursuing a career in clinical and translational research. Statement should explain the relevance of education and/or experience to pursue a career in clinical and translational research.
    • Official transcript(s) including all undergraduate, graduate, or medical school academic work and GPA
    • CV/Resume

    Applications will be reviewed by the Clinical and Translational Research Admissions Committee, which is composed of public health faculty and other professionals.

    All programs at the Brown University School of Public Health will not require the GRE for the 2020-2021 application cycle. Applicants who would like to submit their GRE results will have the results evaluated as part of their application. Applicants who do not submit GRE scores will not be penalized as this information is not required for the 2020-2021 application cycle. 

    If you would like to submit GRE scores, please submit them directly to SOPHAS using code 7765 (Brown U Sch Pub Hlth SOPHAS).

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

    Brown University undergraduate applicants to the following programs should submit applications through SOPHAS Express:

    • Five-Year UG/MPH
    • 5th year master’s degrees in Biostatistics and Global Public Health

    Applications to all other graduate programs should be submitted through SOPHAS. Application deadlines for these programs align with the deadlines published above.

    ​GRE scores are not required for the following programs (Brown University undergraduates only):

    • Five-Year UG/MPH
    • 5th year master’s degrees in Biostatistics and Global Public Health