Combined Degrees

Combined A.B./Sc.B.

Approximately 20 percent 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. Contact Dean Oludurotimi Adetunji for more information.

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 master's degree. Eligible students will have achieved a record of academic excellence that demonstrates depth as well as breadth. Entrance requirements into this program are numerous and quite specific. Interested students are advised to acquaint themselves with program guidelines early in their college career.

Students who meet entrance requirements for the Concurrent Degree Program apply to both the Committee on Academic Standing (CAS) and to the Graduate School in their sixth term of study. No late applications are accepted. Approved applications are then reviewed by the Graduate Council and the appropriate department, which may place additional requirements on admission to this special program. Contact Dean Christopher Dennis for more information.

5th-year Master's Program

Brown’s 5th-year Master’s Program allows degree-seeking Brown undergraduates to pursue a master’s degree in select departments in the year immediately following completion of the undergraduate degree. Eligible students must apply for admission to this program before they complete the baccalaureate degree. Admission must be approved by the department in which the master’s degree is sought as well as by the Graduate School. Academic departments that participate in this program are listed in the PDF below. Contact John Tyler, Associate Dean of the Graduate School, for more information.