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Open Graduate Education - Uniquely Brown

Information Sessions

Monday, December 1 at 6pm in Petteruti Lounge: Register

Tuesday, December 2 at 3pm Petteruti Lounge: Register

The Open Graduate Programs pilot project continues to allow select Brown doctoral students to pursue a master’s degree in a secondary field. All doctoral students are invited to contemplate and propose their own combination of studies, free of any disciplinary barrier. 

The project, unveiled in October 2011, builds on the traditions of free inquiry and collaborative research at Brown. It aligns more closely the training of doctoral students with the spirit of Brown's Open Curriculum for undergraduates, a cornerstone of the University's pedagogy.

The objective of this pilot project is to enable students to combine fields in unique ways and acquire expertise in more than one area. Consequently, there is no constraint on the choice of the secondary field -- as long as the master's program participates in the pilot program -- and the field may be either close to or quite far removed from that of the doctoral studies.

The Graduate School envisions that the program will enable select doctoral students to write unique dissertations that require knowledge in more than one field. Our overarching idea is that the Open Graduate Education program will provide Brown graduate students with the opportunity to broaden their intellectual and scholarly horizons as they prepare to launch their careers. 

Participants: Cohort 1 | Cohort 2 | Cohort 3

Program Scope and Details
Each year, the program allows up to 14 doctoral students -- from any discipline -- to pursue a master’s degree in a secondary field.  Participants are selected on the basis of application.  Attending an information session is highly encouraged for interested students.  

To make this additional study possible, the Graduate School will support the component of the student’s effort that is devoted to the secondary field from separate resources.  The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation generously provides support for humanities students who participate in the pilot project. See additional financial details included in information for prospective applicants. 

Information Sessions
Monday, December 1 at 6pm in Petteruti Lounge: Register
Tuesday, December 2 at 3pm Petteruti Lounge: Register

Application deadline: Second Friday in February

News stories:
First cohort selected (March 2012)
Nine Students Embark on ‘Open Curriculum’ Path (March, 2013)
PhD Students Broaden Goals Via Open Graduate Education (March 2014)

Read what members of the first cohort have to say about the Open Graduate Education program.