Graduate Programs

The master's program in biostatistics provides advanced training in the theory and application of statistical methods in public health, clinical medicine and the biological sciences.

The Master’s Program (A.M. and Sc.M.) in Biostatistics provides advanced training in the theory and application of statistical methods in public health, clinical medicine, and the biological sciences.  Our program is designed to provide advanced training for a heterogeneous audience that includes individuals pursuing careers as professional statisticians or data analysts in industry, government or academia, those contemplating doctoral study in biostatistics, and established researchers seeking advanced training in biostatistics.   For Brown undergraduates, we offer a fifth-year Master’s (AM) degree that can be completed in one year after receiving the bachelor’s degree. The A.M. program is also open to Brown Graduate students pursuing a master’s degree in a secondary field through the University’s Open Graduate Education Program (OGE). 

Additional Resources

All students have access to the computing infrastructure at the Center for Statistical Sciences, a high-end, continuously updated computing environment featuring both Unix and PC/MAC networks, with access to all major software for data analysis and statistical computing. CSS also maintains a considerable collection of statistics texts and journals in the Walter Freiberger Biostatistics Library.

Admission Information

Entering students are assumed to have the necessary background including three semesters of calculus, one semester of linear algebra and at least one semester of mathematical probability using calculus prior to attending Brown. Students who have not taken the probability course will be strongly urged to take this in the summer before matriculation. 

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 2022-2023 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 Subject:

Not required

GRE General:

Not required


Required for any non-native English speaker who does not have a degree from an institution where English is the sole language of instruction or from a University in the following countries: Australia, Bahamas, Botswana, Cameroon, Canada (except Quebec), Ethiopia, Ghana, Ireland, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, New Zealand, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, Tanzania, Gambia, Uganda, United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales), West Indies, Zambia).

The TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition and the IELTS Indicator exam are accepted.

Students from mainland China may submit the TOEFL ITP Plus exam.

Official Transcripts:


Letters of Recommendations:

(3) Required

Personal Statement:




Additional Materials:

Application Fee

Additional Requirements:

International Applicants
  • Language Proficiency (TOEFL or IELTS if applicable)
  • Transcript Evaluation (if applicable)


Application Deadline

5th Year Deadline

Financial Aid

Financial aid for master’s students varies, though most students are self-supported through a combination of scholarshipsloansoutside funding, and/or Research and Teaching assistantships. You can find Master’s funding opportunities on the School of Public Health website.


NextGen Scholars Program

Master’s Funding Opportunities

Completion Requirements

A.M. (5th Year)

Eight courses for the Masters of Arts (A.M.) 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 program. Students must apply for the Fifth-Year program through SOPHAS Express for applicants to the Biostatistics program before they complete their undergraduate studies.

It is strongly suggested that undergraduate students considering this program consult with the Master’s Graduate Program Director before their senior year of undergraduate study. 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.

A.M. (Open Graduate Education)

Ten courses for the Masters of Arts (A.M.) degree in Biostatistics. The Open Graduate Education Program allows Brown doctoral students to pursue a master’s degree in a secondary field. Interested doctoral students from graduate programs outside the Department of Biostatistics should apply through the UFunds online system.


Ten courses for the Masters of Science (Sc.M.) plus completing a thesis or a project. Up to one course from another institution can be transferred.

Alumni Careers

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Department Director
Joseph Hogan
Graduate Program Director
Stavroula Chrysanthopoulou
Director, NextGen Scholar Program
Jon Steingrimsson, Ph.D.

Contact and Location

Department of Biostatistics

Mailing Address

Brown University
Box G-S121-7
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