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Master’s Applications Components & Process

We look forward to reviewing your application for master’s study at Brown University. Please refer to the instructions below as you prepare your application in Slate. If you have any questions regarding the application process or admission to one of the master's programs below, please email us at [email protected].

Terminal Master's Programs

  • American studies
  • Computer Science
  • Data Science
  • Design Engineering
  • Education
  • Engineering 
  • Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship
  • Integrative Studies
  • Physics
  • Public Affairs
  • Public Humanities
  • Social Analysis and Research
  • Urban Education Policy

A complete application to one of the above programs requires the following:

  • Completed online application
  • Personal statement
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Resume
  • GRE General Exam, if required
  • English Language Exam (TOEFL, TOEFL ITP Plus for China or IELTS), if required
  • $100 application fee

Please note, an application fee waiver can be requested for those who demonstrate high financial need. Instructions on how to request a waiver are found within the application.

Some programs require additional materials:

  • American Studies: 10-20 page writing sample
  • Design Engineering: portfolio
  • Public Humanities: up to 20 page writing sample

Unless noted otherwise, the application deadline is February 1, 2021. The following programs have earlier deadlines:

  • Design Engineering - January 5, 2021
  • Education - January 18, 2021
  • Urban Education Policy - January 18, 2021 for financial aid consideration
  • Public Humanities - January 31, 2021

Fifth-Year Master’s Programs

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Cognitive Science
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computer Science
  • Data Science
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • German Studies
  • History
  • History of Art and Architecture
  • Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship
  • Linguistics
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Culture and Media
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Public Affairs
  • Public Humanities
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Slavic Studies
  • Social Analysis and Research
  • Urban Education Policy

Current Brown University undergraduate students are eligible to apply as a fith-year master’s candidate to any of the programs above. A complete application includes the following:

Some programs require additional materials:

  • American Studies: 10-20 page writing sample
  • Design Engineering: portfolio
  • Public Humanities: up to 20 page writing sample

The application deadline for fifth-year master’s students is May 1, 2021.