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.
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. 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 therefore 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.
To discuss this option, contact Dean Christopher Dennis.
5th Year Masters 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. Students must apply for admission to this program before they complete the baccalaureate degree. Admission must be approved by the department in which the masters degree is sought as well as by the Graduate School.
To discuss this option, contact John Tyler, Associate Dean of the Graduate School.