Requirements

​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
Resume
Standardized Test Scores (GRE)*
Application Fee
International Applicants* Language Proficiency (TOEFL or IELTS)
Transcript Evaluation (if applicable)
Brown University Undergraduates* Requirements vary by program (see below)

Fall 2020 Application Deadlines

Graduate Program Degree Application Deadline
Master of Public Health MPH February 1 (priority)
April 1 (space-available)
Behavioral and Social Health Sciences ScM April 1 (priority)
May 1 (space-available)
PhD December 15 (PhD)
Biostatistics* AM February 1
ScM February 1
PhD December 15
Clinical and Translational Research* Certificate July 1
ScM May 1
Epidemiology ScM February 1
PhD December 15
Global Public Health ScM February 1 (priority)
April 1 (space-available)
Health Services Research PhD December 15
MPH/MPA Dual Degree MPH/MPA February 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 (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.

    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. Of note:

    • 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.

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

    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)

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

    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

    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:

    • AB/MPH
    • 5th year master’s degrees in Behavioral and Social Health Sciences, 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):

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