5th Year

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Given the increased demand for master’s degree trained Biostatisticians the Department of Biostatistics takes advantage of the special 5th-year Masters Degree that allows Brown Undergraduates to continue at the university for one year following the completion of their Bachelors degree. This gives students that change to leave Brown in 5 years with not only a Bachelors Degree but a Master’s degree as well.

Students must apply for the 5th-Year Master’s Program through the standard online process for applicants to the Biostatistics program before they complete their undergraduate studies. It is strongly suggested that undergraduate students considering the 5th-year Biostatistics Master’s program consult with the Master’s Graduate Program Director before their senior year of undergraduate study. It is strongly recommended that 5th-Year Master’s students take two courses counting toward the Master’s degree prior to matriculating into the Master’s program. Admissions preference is given to applicants with prior Master’s-level coursework in Biostatistics.

Students without prior coursework or those applying for an ScM degree which requires a ninth course that is a supervised thesis or written project will generally not be admitted to the 5th-Year program, but will instead be transferred to the normal two-year program applicant pool.  The Biostatistics Masters Program’s required courses can be found on the Degree Requirements page of the Masters Graduate Program website.


The ScM and AM degrees in Biostatistics will provide training in:

  • Probability and Statistical Inference
  • Statistical Computing
  • Regression Modeling including Generalized linear models and survival analysis
  • Communication
  • Collaboration


Candidates are expected to complete the Master’s in one year and normally enroll in the AM program. In line with Brown’s Graduate School policy, up to two of the eight courses required for the Biostatistics AM  degree must be completed while the student is an undergraduate, but at least six semester courses must be taken while in residence as a Master’s student.

The AM degree in Biostatistics requires 8 courses plus the new PHP 101 Public Health online course.  The specifics are as follows:

Required Courses:

  1. PHP 2515 (Fund. of Probability & Statistical Inference)
  2. PHP 2560 (Statistical Computing I)
  3. PHP 2120 (Intro to Epidemiology)
  4. New Course (Applied Generalized Linear Models)
  5.  PHP 101 Scope of Public Health (A multi-module, online course)

Elective Courses (at least 4):

New Course Statistical Computing II
New Course Health Data Science
PHP 2030 Clinical Trials Methodology
PHP 2223 Statistical Genetics
PHP 2530 Bayesian Statistical Methods
PHP 2550 Practical Data Analysis
PHP 2580 Statistical Inference II
PHP 2601 Linear Models
PHP 2602 Analysis of Lifetime Data
PHP 2603 Analysis of Longitudinal Data
PHP 2604 Statistical Methods for Spatial Data
PHP 2605 Generalized Linear Models
PHP 2610 Causal Inference & Missing Data
PHP 2620 Statistical Methods for Bioinformatics
PHP 2630 Data Science


The School of Public Health is transitioning to the SOPHAS EXPRESS online application service for the 2017-18 5th Year Applicants.  The next SOPHAS cycle, 2016-2017 ia now open. For more information on how to apply please visit the SOPHAS EXPRESS application Instructions here. If you have any questions, please contact SOPHAS Customer Service at 617-612-2090 or sophasinfo@sophas.org.

Applicants to the 5th -Year program follow the regular procedures of applying to the Master’s program with the exception that the GRE is not required. 

Admission must be approved by the Biostatistics Department Graduate Program and by the Graduate School.  While a student must be enrolled as an active undergraduate student at the time of application, admission to the graduate program can be deferred for up to two years with approval from the Biostatistics Graduate Program.   Students must complete the online application which includes the Graduate School's 5th-Year Master's Degree Application Supplement form.  

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