Combined A.B./Sc.B. Approximately 20 per cent of Brown students complete their baccalaureate degrees with more than one concentration. It is also possible to graduate with two different baccalaureate degrees (the A.B. and the Sc.B). Students who follow this path organize a five-year program of study in which the work for both degrees proceeds concurrently. Students interested in pursuing this five-year option must declare their intentions by the end of their fifth semester. Exceptional students may be allowed to complete the combined degrees in nine semesters, rather than ten, with the approval of the Committee on Academic Standing.
To discuss this option, contact Dean Oludurotimi Adetunji.
Concurrent Baccalaureate/Master's Degree. This program allows exceptionally capable students to combine their last year or two of undergraduate study with graduate study, resulting in the simultaneous completion of both a Baccalaureate degree and a Masters degree. Students interested in pursuing this option must apply to both the Committee on Academic Standing (CAS) and to the Graduate School. CAS will ascertain that the students academic performance has been outstanding and that the students undergraduate program is sufficiently broad. Applications then must be approved by the Graduate Council and the appropriate department, which may place additional requirements on admission to this special program. The candidate must complete a minimum of thirty-four courses within eight or nine semesters and complete the requirements of both the Baccalaureate degree and the Masters degree. No more than two courses may be used to satisfy both Baccalaureate concentration requirements and Masters requirements.
To discuss this option, contact Dean Kathleen McSharry.
5th Year Master's Program. Another option for students to consider is the Fifth-Year Masters Program. In this program, students graduate with a bachelors degree after 8 semesters and then enter a masters program at Brown. Two of the courses taken as an undergraduate may be carried forward to the graduate program. Admission must be approved by the department in which the masters degree is sought and by the Graduate School.
To discuss this option, contact John Tyler, Associate Dean of the Graduate School.