Graduate Programs

Students choose the framework for their master's program from three tracks: master of science research, master of science design and master of science non-thesis track.

The Biomedical Engineering program at Brown provides cutting–edge, interdisciplinary, graduate–level education 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
  • Biomechanics

Research in these areas is advancing the understanding of fundamental problems in biology and medicine, while developing new therapies to improve the quality of life for people with medical problems.

The program is distinguished by its strong and collaborative connections between academic science, clinical medicine, and industry. Graduate students take engineering, biology and medical school courses, gain valuable clinical experience at nearby teaching hospitals associated with the Brown Medical School, and engage in stimulating internships at companies commercializing biomedical technologies. These opportunities, coupled with dissertation research, give graduate students both the intellectual and the practical skills required for developing today's emerging science into useful biomedical technology and therapies.

Students are able to customize their curriculum and can choose between 3 tracks:

  • Master of Science Research Track
  • Master of Science Design Track
  • Master of Science Non–Thesis Track

Application Information

Application Requirements

GRE Subject:

Not required

GRE General:

Not required

Additional Requirements:

Application Deadline
  • Spring 2024: November 15, 2023
  • Fall 2024: April 15, 2024


Application Deadline

5th Year Deadline

Completion Requirements

An approved program of study consists of eight semester courses. Courses must be structured, advanced level, and taken for a grade rather than credit/no credit. A thesis is required for the research and design tracks, but is not required for the non-thesis track. The Program Director endorses the student's proposed curriculum and chosen track.

Alumni Careers

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Director of the Institute for Biology, Engineering, and Medicine
Vicki Colvin
Program Director
Marissa Gray
Director of Graduate Studies
Kareen Coulombe

Contact and Location

Center for Biomedical Engineering

Location Address

171 Meeting Street
Providence, RI 02912

Mailing Address

Brown University
Box G-B3
Providence, RI 02912
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