The Open Graduate Programs pilot project allows 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 aims to align more closely the training of doctoral students with the spirit of Brown's Open Curriculum for undergraduates, a cornerstone of the University's pedagogy.
It is the University’s hope that the initiative will further catalyze interdisciplinary research and prepare students for the competitive demands of the job market.
How It Works
Starting with the academic year 2012-2013, the pilot program will allow up to 14 doctoral students annually from any discipline to pursue a master’s degree in any secondary field. Over the years, the program size is expected to grow, with new cohorts joining each year.
To make this 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.
- Information for prospective applicants
- Frequently asked questions - for students
- List of participating programs
- News stories: First cohort selected in March 2012, Nine Students Embark on ‘Open Curriculum’ Path (March, 2013) & PhD Students Broaden Goals Via Open Graduate Education (March 2014)
We will be announcing Fall 2014 dates soon.
Students who wish to participate in the program should think about the choices of master’s programs at Brown, and how a combination of skills and training could enhance the doctoral training and competitiveness in the job market. Participating students will design a path that leads to completion of both the doctoral studies and the master’s studies within 6 years for the doctoral degrees.
Application deadline: Second Friday in February
Read more about what the second cohort has to say about why the program is for them.