Graduate Study


Brown University provides a unique environment in which to pursue interdisciplinary brain science graduate training. Research at Brown emphasizes collaborative theoretical and experimental studies of the brain, from the molecular to the behavioral and cognitive levels. It unites researchers who study the fundamental mechanisms of nervous system function and those who seek to create devices with brain-like functions that can assist people. The faculty is also committed to translating fundamental knowledge into practical applications to the diagnosis and treatment of the devastating effects of disease and trauma of the nervous system. Brown is a leader in brain-related research and offers exceptional training and course work for those interested in pursuing careers in brain science.

The Robert J. & Nancy D. Carney Institute for Brain Science partners with eight discipline-based graduate programs. Students interested in interdisciplinary brain science training enter through one of these graduate programs.

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Applied Mathematics Graduate Program

The Applied Mathematics Graduate Program provides training and research activities in a broad spectrum of applied mathematics. The effort in virtually all the research areas ranges from applied and algorithmic problems to the study of fundamental mathematical questions. Many of our faculty are engaged in interdisciplinary research collaborations with colleagues here at Brown or elsewhere. This breadth is one of the great strengths of the program and is further reflected in the courses we offer.

Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program

The Graduate Program in Biomedical Engineering is a joint venture by the Division of Biology and Medicine and the School of Engineering. The Program offers advanced training appropriate for careers in academia or industry in the field of biomedical engineering. Biomedical Engineering research is at the interface of engineering, biology, and medicine. The program features an interdisciplinary approach in four complementary research areas: tissue engineering/regenerative medicine, neuroengineering/imaging, biomaterials/nanotechnology, and biomechanics.

Biostatistics Graduate Program

The Graduate Programs in Biostatistics offer courses of study leading to PhD, ScM, and AM degrees. Our programs also jointly oversee the Statistics Concentration in the Master of Public Health (MPH) Program. The Graduate Programs are administered by an active, expanding and highly interdisciplinary faculty in the Department of Biostatistics within Brown University's School of Public Health. Major areas of research activity include analysis of biomarkers and diagnostic tests, causal inference and missing data, time series and functional data analysis, spatial data and network analysis; bioinformatics, longitudinal data, meta-analysis and multilevel modeling.

Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences Graduate Programs

The Department of Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences (CLPS) is dedicated to the multidisciplinary study of mind, brain, behavior, and language. It offers three PhD programs – Cognitive Science, Linguistics, and Psychology. PhD students are accepted by the department and choose one of the three programs during their first year. Research areas include: behavioral neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience, higher-level cognition, neural/computational models of cognition and language, perception and action, phonetics and phonology, psycholinguistics and language processing, semantics and syntax, and social psychology. The department has no PhD or Master’s programs in clinical, counseling, school, or applied psychology.

Computer Science Graduate Program

The Computer Science Graduate Program offers one of the best environments for both research and education. Our graduate study consists of a Doctoral and a Master's program. Our remarkable students conduct cutting-edge research and combine technical strength with a great diversity of backgrounds. Our graduates have an outstanding record of innovation and maintain strong ties with each other. Students work with world-class faculty through coursework, research projects, and theses, and contribute to instruction as teaching assistants. We have a long tradition of strong industry partnership. Leading organizations actively recruit our graduates, and many of them are members of our Industry Partners Program. We pride ourselves on being a friendly and welcoming place to a diverse population of students.

Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, and Biochemistry Graduate Program

The Graduate Program in Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry (MCB) is a truly interdisciplinary, interdepartmental Program that offers students of superior ability and motivation excellent preparation for a career that includes research in biological and medical sciences. This program of study is directed toward understanding the biological systems of both plants and animals, as well as the scientific approaches used to make new contributions to our understanding of the biomedical field. The Program draws faculty trainers from five departments within the Program in Biology, four departments within the Medical School, and from the Chemistry, Computer Science and Applied Mathematics departments.

Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology Graduate Program

The Department of Molecular Pharmacology Physiology and Biotechnology supports graduate education by providing a highly interdisciplinary framework for individual and thematic training programs within both classical and newly emerging areas in the biomedical sciences. Pharmacology and physiology deal with the physical and chemical nature of living organisms and the mechanisms of drug actions on these organisms. These disciplines are interactive and very quantitative, applying math, physics, chemistry, and computer science to the study of biological systems. The Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology Graduate Program is a very interdisciplinary and collaborative program, drawing trainers from many departments, as well as from several hospitals.

Neuroscience Graduate Program

The Neuroscience Graduate Program at Brown University offers advanced study for academic and research careers in the field of neuroscience. The NSGP promotes interdisciplinary research that crosses traditional discipline and department boundaries, while at the same time providing a strong foundation in the core concepts of neuroscience. Research in the program employs an impressive array of techniques and encompasses multiple levels of investigation from genes, molecules, and cells to neural networks, systems, and behavior. At all stages of instruction, the program integrates skills that are considered essential for successful, independent research careers such as critical thinking and reasoning, effective science writing and oral presentation, knowledge of the scientific review process, and ethics training.