Graduate Admissions

The graduate program in American Studies at Brown University is highly selective. The one-year M.A. in American Studies accepts at most two students a year. We receive over one hundred and fifty applications for admission into the Ph.D. program each year and accept between eight and ten students.

Graduate School Application forms are available online and by request to the Graduate School.

Financial Aid

One year MA in American Studies:
No aid is available for one-year master's degree candidates, although student loans may sometimes be obtained.

MA in Public Humanities:
The John Nicholas Brown Center gives more information on the M.A. program in public humanities and the financial aid available.

PhD in American Studies:
The Graduate School guarantees five years of funding to all students admitted for the PhD. The aid includes tuition, stipend, health insurance, and health fee, as well as 3 years of summer support, if students remain in good standing. Students generally serve as teaching or research assistants for between four and six semesters; teach their own courses for one semester; and receive the first and fifth year as fellowship years, without work responsibilities.

The application for financial aid is included with the application for graduate study.

Check FAQS for answers to your questions or write to the addresses below:

Additional questions about the admissions and financial aid for Ph.D. and one-year M.A. students may be addressed to:

Graduate Advisor
American Studies
Box 1892
Brown University
Providence, RI 02912
Phone: (401) 863-2896
Fax: (401) 863-1385
or mail to: AmCivgrad_Advisor@Brown.edu