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Programs and Training Opportunities

Professor Stephen Houston and graduate student Sarah Newman work at an ancient Mayan king's tomb beneath the El Diablo pyramid in El Zotz, Guatemala. Photo by Arturo GodoyProfessor Stephen Houston and graduate student Sarah Newman work at an ancient Mayan king's tomb beneath the El Diablo pyramid in El Zotz, Guatemala. Photo by Arturo GodoyGraduate training is centered in the academic program, and interdisciplinary inquiry is encouraged. The director of graduate study and other faculty mentors are important guides for students. Other offices provide resources to further your research, teaching, and other professional development.

You can learn about the culture by looking at the rules and regulations section, which includes the Academic Code and the Graduate School Handbook. These policies, procedures and practices guide graduate education at Brown. 

The Graduate School deans and staff are available to assist graduate students and post-doctoral appointees. The associate dean for academic affairs is the primary contact for academic matters.  An associate dean for professional development is available to meet with students. Students and post-docs may also visit the dean of the Graduate School during weekly office hours.

Ph.D. Programs
Brown University typically awards more than 200 doctor of philosophy degrees each year. The Brown Ph.D. is primarily a research degree.

Master's Programs
The Brown Graduate School awards master's degrees in the listed programs as terminal degrees or during ordinary progress toward a Ph.D.