Thank you for your interest in the graduate program in Physics at Brown University! We hope that you will carefully review the information and links provided here to help you learn more about the programs we offer and how you can apply.
The opportunities to be found here at this smaller Ivy League university are vast. Our department faculty members include two Nobel Prize winners, two AAAS Fellows, six Sloan Research Fellows, six American Physical Society Fellows, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, among other honors. They conduct research in astrophysics and cosmology and in high energy, condensed matter and biological physics that is interdisciplinary and international in scope. Our graduate students train with 28 physics professors and 8 affiliated faculty, primarily in engineering, applied mathematics, biology, and chemistry. Multidisciplinary inquiry is encouraged. The academic program is rigorous yet flexible, combining strong core training with multiple options for more specialized studies. We foster a strong sense of community not always found in larger departments. Brown’s affiliations provide national and international research opportunities. Easy access to seminars and courses of the greater Boston area universities enriches our intellectual life.
Note that we offer both a Master's Program and a Doctoral Program. The PhD program is more selective than the master's program. PhD students can earn a master's degree automatically on the way to completing their PhD, but students admitted to the master's program cannot automatically transition to the PhD track. Therefore, students should apply to the program most suited to their career goals. Alternately, students may apply to both programs by filing two separate applications.