Applications are currently being accepted for the graduating class of 2021, beginning study September 2019.

Applicants who submit their completed program and scholarship applications by the priority application deadlines will receive priority scholarship consideration. Students must be accepted into the program before a scholarship award can be considered.

We encourage those applying for scholarship funds to do so early. After March 2nd, scholarships will be awarded on a funds-available basis. After the May 4th deadline, applications will be reviewed on a rolling space-available basis.

Application DeadlineDecision Communicated
Priority IJanuary 13, 2020February 24, 2020
Priority IIMarch 2, 2020April 13, 2020
RegularMay 4, 2020June 15, 2020


Applicants who submit their completed program application by the priority review date will receive an expedited admission decision. Students must be accepted into the program before a scholarship award can be considered.

We encourage those applying for scholarship funds to do so early. After the May 3rd date, scholarships will be awarded to accepted students as funds remain available. Applications will be reviewed and accepted throughout the consideration cycle until the cohort is full.

For further assistance with the application process, please contact the Executive Master of Healthcare Leadership Advising Team at or 401-863-2700.

There is no application deadline for this program. The selection committee meets regularly. Applications will be considered and admission will be granted until the class is full.

For further assistance with the application process, please contact:

The Executive Master of Healthcare Leadership Advising Team

Admission Criteria

The Executive Master of Healthcare Leadership is designed for professionals who have significant responsibility in the healthcare industry; including those from health care delivery, drug and product manufacturing, healthcare consulting, health management systems, insurance, patient advocacy, public health, policy, and regulatory settings. For more on the program’s applicant profile, click here.

The program seeks to identify a highly qualified and diverse student cohort. Candidates representing a broad range of experience in the healthcare industry are chosen for each cohort to ensure a rich peer-to-peer learning experience.

Application Instructions

To complete your application, submit the following via the online application. For scholarship consideration (reviewed by a separate committee after application decisions are made), please also complete the scholarship application.

Application Instructions

The online application is currently down for yearly maintenance. To be notified when the application is available, please complete this form and a member of the EMHL advising team will contact you.

1. Application Form & Fee

Please complete and submit the online application and separate scholarship application. The application fee of US $200 can be paid by credit card via the online application.

2. Personal Statement

In approximately 500 words, prepare a statement that addresses why you want to pursue the Executive Master of Healthcare Leadership at Brown, what you hope to learn from the program, and how your participation will enrich the experience of others in the program. Your statement should demonstrate a record of increasing organizational responsibility and professional achievement and include an articulation of professional goals.

3. Description of a Critical Challenge Capstone Project

This critical challenge will become the focus of your independent study in the “Critical Challenge Project” course throughout the duration of the program. Describe a critical challenge related to your field and interests, drawing from your own experience and vision for the future.

In your submission (500 – 1000 words) you should address, in four clearly marked sections:

  1. The complexity and challenges of the problem in the current environment,
  2. Technical, organizational, and social barriers and constraints,
  3. The specific work you anticipate completing while a student at Brown that will advance solutions to the problem, and
  4.  Deliverables for your project besides a report, if any.
4. Resume or Curriculum Vitae

Your resume format can be in Microsoft Word or PDF.

5. Official Transcript(s)

Please submit an official transcript for all programs, both undergraduate and graduate, for which you were awarded a degree, prior to arrival on campus. Please note that unofficial transcripts may be uploaded to the online application, but official transcripts are required for an application to be considered complete. Successful applicants should have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of B (3.00 on a 4.00 scale) in all undergraduate course work. Applicants with undergraduate GPAs less than 3.00 may be admitted to degree candidacy upon submission of other evidence of academic potential.

6. Letters of Recommendation (3)

On the application, you must provide the names and email addresses of three professional colleagues who have agreed to your request to provide a letter of recommendation. One letter should come from your present or past supervisor, or from a more senior executive in your organization. Please note the referee will be asked the following questions:

  • We would appreciate your opinion on the candidate’s career achievements, strengths and weaknesses, initiative, creativity, their ability to contribute in a peer-to-peer learning environment, and how the program fits with the candidate’s career aspirations.
  • For how long and in what capacity have you know the applicant? If you have experience with the applicant in an academic setting, please comment on their academic performance and potential.
  • Finally, any relevant information you would like to share is welcome.
7. For Team Applications Only: A Letter from the Sponsoring Organization

The sponsoring organization should prepare one letter that identifies all team members with their current roles and responsibilities, and the expected benefits of sending them as a team. On their individual applications, each team member should indicate that they are part of a team, and one team member should submit the letter from the sponsoring organization.

While standardized test scores are not required, applicants are encouraged to submit, if available: GRE, MCAT, GMAT, and LSAT scores as part of the online application to demonstrate academic capacity. If appropriate, applicants may be asked to provide TOEFL or IELTS scores.

You will be notified by email about missing elements in your application, and you may login to monitor whether your file is complete.

The Selection Committee will review complete applications only. This committee is comprised of the Program and Academic directors, faculty associated with the program and Deans of the School of Professional Studies.  A minimum of three committee members review each applicant.

Select candidates will be invited to interview with the Selection Committee to assess the applicant’s ability to contribute to the peer learning community and readiness to benefit from the program. The Selection Committee submits admission recommendations to the Graduate School for final review. Candidates who are accepted into the program will be notified by the Brown University Graduate School.

This program considers applications on a rolling basis. The selection committee meets regularly. Applications will be considered and admission will be granted until the program is full.

For further assistance with the application process, please contact:

The Executive Master of Healthcare Leadership Advising Team, or 401-863-2700

Additional Admission Information

Reserving Your Place

Candidates who are accepted into the program must reserve their place with a non-refundable $1,500 deposit payable online by ACH or credit card, or by check to Brown University at:

225 Dyer Street, Box T
Brown University
Providence, Rhode Island 02912

The deposit is due within 21 days of notification of acceptance and will be credited to the total program cost.

Degree and Alumni Benefits

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be granted an Executive Master of Healthcare Leadership degree and Brown University Alumni status. For more information on alumni benefits, visit the Brown Alumni Association.

Continuing Medical Education (CME) Credits

Graduates can apply for 25 CME credits directly through the American Medical Association. To claim credits applicants should apply to the AMA for a certificate indicating the AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM, which will be awarded upon completion of their degree. Information and the direct credit application can be found here.

Team Attendance

Immediate and sustained benefits may be optimized by organizations that sponsor a team of students. By developing a shared experience and vision in the program, an organizational team is poised to transfer this knowledge and to lead transformative change. Senior executives are encouraged to consult with the Program Director as they consider the advantages of sponsoring a team and plan the composition of their team. Each team member must complete an individual application and the team will be considered for admission when all applications are received.

For International Students Considering an Executive Masters Program at the School of Professional Studies

Executive master’s programs offered by the School of Professional Studies blend low-residential session attendance with online learning, allowing students to work full-time while enrolled in their program. The School of Professional Studies does not issue I-20 certificates for the F-1 student visa, issued only for full-time on-campus study.

If you intend to pursue study at the School of Professional Studies as an admitted degree candidate, neither the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) nor B-2 visa is appropriate. ESTA and B-2 visas are only for international travelers whose main reason for visiting the United States is tourism. Attempting to enter the United States with a B-2 visa to earn credit is a violation of US visa policy and you risk being denied entry to the United States.

B-1 visa holders may not attend any educational activity that earns them academic credit. You risk being denied entry to the U.S. if you attempt to enter on a B-1 visa for the purpose of attending a U.S.-based session. You will not be enrolled in the program if you enter the U.S. on a B-1 visa.

Most other non-immigrant visa holders may attend for-credit professional education programs, seminars, or conferences incidental to their status. We encourage you to seek independent legal advice as to whether your status allows you to participate in our program.

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