Degree Type
A.M., Sc.M.
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The masters' programs in Biostatistics provide advanced training in the theory and application of statistical methods in public health, clinical medicine and the biological sciences.

Demand for advanced expertise in biostatistics continues to be high in both the public and private sectors, particularly in settings emphasizing research in biomedicine and biotechnology. The masters' programs in Biostatistics provide advanced training in the theory and application of statistical methods in public health, clinical medicine, and the biological sciences.

The Sc.M. in Biostatistics is a program designed to prepare students for work in research firms, hospitals, academic centers, pharmaceutical companies, etc. with the addition of extended research training suitable for Ph.D. programs or other research work. The Sc.M. requires a sequence of 10 courses and a final research project/thesis.

The Fifth-Year (AM)/Open Graduate Education Program degree in Biostatistics is open only to students already at Brown.  

Faculty collaborate actively with investigators in the areas of cancer prevention and screening, behavioral sciences, HIV/AIDS, health care policy, genetic epidemiology, neuroscience, and genomics. Biostatistics faculty are members of the Center for Statistical Sciences (CSS) or the Center for Evidence Based Medicine. CSS hosts the Biostatistics Center for NCI–funded American College of Radiology Imaging Network (ACRIN), the Biostatistics Core for Brown's Center for AIDS Research (CFAR), and the Biostatistics Core for Brown's multidisciplinary Alcohol Research Center for HIV (ARCH).

Brown's School of Public Health is located in newly renovated space at 121 South Main Street in the heart of downtown Providence, just blocks from the main green and walking distance to several of Brown's research centers. Its educational programs include both masters and doctoral programs in Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Health Services Research, an MPH program, and undergraduate concentrations in both Community Health and Statistics. The School of Public Health is home to several world-class research centers, such as the Center for Gerontology and Health Services Research, the International Health Institute, and the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies. Our faculty also collaborate with researchers at Brown's Center for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine, Center for Computational Molecular Biology, Center for Genetics, Genomics and Proteomics, and the Population Studies Training Center.

Additional Resources

Students have access to a high–end, continuously updated computing environment featuring both Unix and PC networks, with access to all major software for data analysis and numerical computing.

Admission Information

MCAT or LSAT tests cannot be substituted for GRE. Experience with numerical computing is also recommended. Applications from students in applied fields such as biology, biochemistry, economics and computer science are strongly encouraged, with the understanding that necessary mathematical coursework must be completed before or soon after enrollment in the program. 

Applicants to this School of Public Health program should apply through SOPHAS, a centralized application service for accredited schools and programs in public health. The application opens in mid–August each year. The Department of Biostatistics will waive the requirement of the GRE results for the 2021-2022 application cycle. Applicants who submit results will not be penalized, nor will applicants who do not submit results. Brown University School of Public Health GRE reporting code: 7765.

Admission Requirements

  • GRE General: Not required for the 2020-2021 application cycle
  • GRE Subject: Not required

Application Deadline: Applications to this program are closed for Fall 2021 entry and will reopen in late summer 2021. Brown undergraduates may apply as a Fifth-Year Master’s student through May 1, 2021.

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A.M. (5th Year/OGE) Completion Requirements

Ten courses for the Masters of Arts (AM) degree in Biostatistics. It is required that Fifth-Year Master’s students take two courses counting toward the Master’s degree prior to matriculating into the Master’s program. Students must apply for the Fifth-Year Master’s program through SOPHAS Express for applicants to the Biostatistics program before they complete their undergraduate studies.

Sc.M. Completion Requirements

Ten courses for the The Masters of Science (ScM) plus an additional thesis/project course. Up to one course from another institution can be transferred.

Financial Aid

Limited Financial Aid is available to master's students in the form of scholarships from the School of Public Health. The SPH scholarship grants roughly 20–25% tuition. Research apprenticeships cover a larger portion of tuition and provide a monthly stipend. These awards are based on merit and qualifications; student loans also are available through the Financial Aid Office.

Department of Biostatistics
Brown University
Box G-S121-7
[email protected]

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Department Director: Joseph Hogan

Graduate Program Director: Stavroula Chrysanthopoulou