PhD Admissions

Our program seeks students with outstanding potential for independent scholarship, evidenced by excellence in coursework and recommendations from those in a good position to evaluate a student's capabilities. 

Applications from students in applied fields such as biology, biochemistry, economics and computer science are strongly encouraged, with the understanding that necessary mathematical coursework may have to be completed before enrollment in the program.


Pre-Requisite Classes
Three semesters of calculus, advanced undergraduate courses in linear algebra and probability.

Letters of Recommendation
The Graduate School requires three (3) letters of recommendation by persons well qualified to speak from first-hand knowledge about the applicant's potential for graduate study. 

GRE General Test
(MCAT or LSAT cannot be substutued) - GRE CODE 7765

Experience with numberical computing is reccomended. 

Official Transcript 
Transcripts can be submitted through SOPHAS.  Applicants who have attended international institutions must submit transcripts or certified attestations of study, with certified English translations.  (
Details on how to send transcripts can be found here on the SOPHAS website). Note: For foreign institutions SOPHAS will only accept evaluations obtained from World Education Services (WES ICAP). SOPHAS cannot accept any documents other than the WES ICAP evaluation. For more information on applying as an international applicant, visit

Personal Statement
All applicants are required to submit a personal statement regarding their interests and/or intended areas of study. 

All international applicants whose native language is not English must submit an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score through SOPHAS. 
Visit to request that scores be sent directly to SOPHAS in Massachusetts, using code #5688Your scores will take 10-12 business days from the date you make the request to post on your SOPHAS application. Language proficiency exams are not required of those students who have earned a degree from a non-U.S. university where the primary language of instruction is English, or from a college or university in the United States* (More details here).


The Application

Students wishing to pursue graduate work in Biostatistics must complete an application in SOPHAS. 

Application Deadline: December 15
SOPHAS cycles open yearly in Mid AugustFor more information on how to apply, please visit the SOPHAS application Instructions.  If you have any questions about SOPHAS or the online application process, please contact SOPHAS Customer Service at 617-612-2090 or

Application Fee and Waivers
Please visit the SOPHAS Fee Assistance Page for detailed information about application-fee waivers.

Paper Credentials and Other Documentation
All materials related to an application that are not submitted electronically as part of the online application should be sent through SOPHAS.Do not send any application materials directly to the Department.

Applicants should expect to be notified within 8-12 weeks of our deadline of 15 December. 

Admission decisions are made after a full review of the materials in the application. The Department of Biostatistics considers previous records, test scores, and recommendations and looks for clear evidence of the ability to do advanced work of the highest quality. The admission decisions are final. There is no appeals process.

Brown University does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, disability, status as a veteran, national or ethnic origin, or sexual orientation in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, or other school-administered programs.

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For additional information on our PhD Program or inquiries about admissions, please contact our Department administrative staff:
Liz Lirakis in Biostatistics Admissions