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Combined & Integrated Programs

Combined Five-Year Program Leading to a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Bachelor of Science Degree

Students who wish to earn both a bachelor of arts degree and a bachelor of science degree may do so in a five-year program in which the work for both degrees proceeds concurrently. Programs of students who elect this five-year plan will usually be arranged so that those who wish may change to either degree candidacy alone prior to the fourth year.


1. Satisfactory completion of:
a. The Sc.B. requirement for a standard concentration program in life sciences or physical science and mathematics, or an approved independent Sc.B. program spanning one or more of these areas.
b. The A.B. requirement for a standard or independent concentration in the humanities or social studies.
2. A minimum of 38 courses passed. Transfer credits to conform to general University regulations governing other undergraduate programs.
3. At least three years in residence as a full-time student.
4. Declaration of intent by filing with the Registrar a formal application approved by the appropriate dean no later than the fifth semester.

Tuition Requirement

Prior to the awarding of these combined degrees, each candidate normally must have accumulated credit for the payment of a minimum of ten semesters of tuition or the equivalent. (Note: The Brown Corporation has enacted a provision allowing students in the five-year A.B.-Sc.B. program who complete all academic requirements in nine semesters to terminate their studies at that point, provided the Committee on Academic Standing (CAS) approves the breadth and quality of the student's program. In that case, the tuition requirement will be reduced to nine semesters. This provision is subject to review by the Academic Council.)

Integrated Five-year Program Leading to a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Master of Arts in Teaching

The Education Department offers an integrated AB/MAT in Elementary Education, which leads to teacher certification in grade 1-6. This program allows you to graduate with your undergraduate degree and earn a MAT the following year.

The program has three phases. The first corresponds with the participant's undergraduate years at Brown. In addition to completing academic studies in a chosen concentration, three courses must be taken. One in child development, one in multicultural perspectives, and the third, an Education foundation course. The second phase begins in the summer after graduation and continues for the next two semesters. There is a semester of school observation and a semester of student teaching. These experiences give the student many opportunities to make observations, test skills and integrate them with the theoretical knowledge they are learning. Application for this program should be made by November of your senior year to the Education Department, after a formal interview with Clinical Faculty.

Concurrent Bachelor's/Master's Degree Program

This program allows students to combine their last year or two years of undergraduate study with graduate study to complete both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in eight or nine semesters.

Students must apply for this program during their junior year. The application must be first approved by the Committee on Academic Standing, which will ascertain that the student’s academic performance has been outstanding and that the student’s undergraduate program is sufficiently broad (normally judged by taking at least ten courses outside his or her field of concentration).

Applications then must be approved by the Graduate Council and the appropriate department, which may place additional requirements on the 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 bachelor’s degree and the master’s degree. No more than two courses may be used to satisfy both bachelor’s concentration requirements and master’s requirements.

Students interested in the concurrent degree should complete the associated application. For more information on this program, please contact the office of the Dean of the College.

Integrated Five-Year Baccalaureate Master's Degree Program

This program allows Brown undergraduates to continue at Brown for a master’s degree after completing their bachelor’s degree.

Students must apply for this program before they complete their undergraduate studies. Admission must be approved by the department in which the master’s degree is sought and by the Graduate School. While a student must be enrolled as an active undergraduate at the time of application, admission to the graduate program can be deferred for up to two years with the approval of the department.

Up to two courses of the eight required for the master’s degree may be completed while the student is an undergraduate, but at least six semester courses must be taken while in residence.

Students should complete the associated forms and submit them, along with a copy of their internal record, to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the Graduate School.

Program in Liberal Medical Education

Freshmen who have been accepted into the Program in Liberal Medical Education (PLME) will engage in a continuum of study leading to an A.B. or Sc.B. degree in any field and an M.D. degree. The expected duration of the program is eight years. With their PLME, M.D. dean advisors, students develop an individualized Educational Plan that outlines their proposed course of study. Academic progress will be evaluated each semester.

The PLME and Alpert Medical School have introduced several innovations in medical education. Among these is a set of competencies that form the basis for the curriculum of both the undergraduate and medical education components of the PLME. These competencies, the Nine Abilities (see below), encompass a broad range of expectations for future physicians, ranging from traditional clinical skills to the more elusive aspects of the art of medicine.

For specific details, please refer to the Bulletin of the University, the PLME Handbook, and the Academic Requirements section in Brown University’s Program in Liberal Medical Education Academic Affairs Policies.

Nine Abilities: (1) Effective Communication; (2) Basic Clinical Skills; (3) Using Basic Science in the Practice of Medicine; (4) Diagnosis, Management, and Prevention; (5) Lifelong Learning; (6) Professional Development and Personal Growth; (7) Social and Community Contexts of Health Care; (8) Moral Reasoning and Clinical Ethics; and (9) Problem Solving.

The requirements for graduation from the Program in Liberal Medical Education (bachelor’s degree and M.D. degree) are as follows:

1. An undergraduate bachelor’s degree in any concentration.

2. Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 60 academic credits. Advanced placement credits do not count toward this 60-credit minimum.

3. Demonstration of competence in the preclinical disciplines:
a. Biology
b. Chemistry
c. Mathematics
d. Physics

4. Demonstration of competence in the basic medical sciences.

5. Demonstration of competence in the behavioral aspects of medicine.

6. Demonstration of competence in the humanities and social sciences.

7. Demonstration of Clinical Competence.

Brown-Rhode Island School of Design Dual Degree Program

Brown and the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) offer a 5 year Dual Degree Program. Students may receive a Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) degree from Brown and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree from RISD. Prospective students must apply and be accepted to both institutions, and then be approved by a separate Brown/RISD admissions committee.

Upon completion of the degree program, the Brown University Official Academic Transcript will simply list the degree awarded by Brown University and any Brown University related honors (concentration or Latin honors), if achieved. In addition, if the student successfully completes the capstone project at the end of their experience Brown-RISD experience as communicated by the Brown-RISD committee, the transcript will also include a notation that the student 'Satisfied Program Requirements for 5 Year Brown-RISD Dual Degree Program' along with a notation of with/without Honors as judged by committee.

Students accepted into the Dual Degree Program will be enrolled in both Brown and RISD and will be required to complete existing degree requirements for both institutions. A minimum of two years in residence at each school is expected of the students. In order to complete the 15 minimum Brown credit quantity requirement degree candidates in the program must be aware that courses taken through Brown's summer session, while they may count for concentration credit, they cannot counts towards the 15 credit minimum, nor can the 4 Brown summer course tuition waiver provision be utilized.

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