The Brown Physics graduate program provides students with both focused training and an opportunity to perform independent research in some of the most current vital areas of physics. Toward this end, we offer two degree programs: the Doctoral Program and the Master's Program. These two degree programs are separate. PhD students are able to earn a master's degree on the way to completing their PhD, but students admitted into the Master's program cannot automatically transition to the PhD track. Students should apply to the program which best aligns with their goals.
In both programs, students develop a solid and broad base of physics knowledge through our core curriculum and departmental colloquia. Upper level courses and departmental seminar series subsequently provide more specialized exposure. Armed with the core knowledge, a graduate student joins a research group working in an area of interest to him/her. At Brown, this research is performed in very close collaboration with one or more of our faculty, and faculty research interests span a wide range of physics fields.