Approximately 20 percent of Brown students complete their baccalaureate degrees with more than one concentration within the standard four years of study. They receive one degree (either the AB or the ScB), but both concentrations are noted on official transcripts. There is also an option for students to graduate with a single, combined A.B.-Sc.B degree which requires minimally 38 credits and 10 semesters of enrollment (five years).
Students who follow this path organize a five-year program of study in which the work for the single, combined degree proceeds concurrently. Students interested in pursuing this five-year option must declare their intentions before the end of their fifth semester. In rare cases, students who miss the fifth-semester deadline due to qualifying extenuating circumstances may seek approval from the Committee on Academic Standing to join the program late. All cases where exceptions are sought must be resolved before the end of the petitioning student’s sixth semester. Petitions from seniors will not be approved nor considered by the Committee on Academic Standing.
Students planning to join the combined degree program must seek initial and final approvals from the Combined Degree Dean. Initial approvals are given to students who are very close (within 2-3 courses) to finishing at least one of their combined set of program requirements before the end of their fifth semester. These students can then seek final approval providing they are in their 7th semester and are on track to completing their second concentration. Upon successful review of the academic record, these students will receive a final approval to be combined degree candidates.
Exceptional students may be allowed to complete the combined degrees in nine semesters, rather than ten, but must meet all requirements and must have the approval of the Committee on Academic Standing. Contact Dean Oludurotimi Adetunji, the Combined Degree Dean for more information.
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 master's 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 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. Contact Dean Christopher Dennis for more information.
5th-year Master's Program
Brown’s 5th-year Master’s Program allows degree-seeking Brown undergraduates to pursue a master’s degree in select departments in the year immediately following completion of the undergraduate degree. Eligible students must apply for admission to this program before they complete the baccalaureate degree. Admission must be approved by the department in which the master’s degree is sought as well as by the Graduate School. Academic departments that participate in this program are listed in the PDF below. Contact Shayna Kessel, Associate Dean of the Graduate School, for more information.