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 per formed in very close collaboration with one or more of our faculty, and faculty research interests span a wide range of physics fields.
Information for prospective graduate students
- The 2018 deadline to apply for the PhD program is Tuesday, January 2, 2018. The 2018-19 application is now available. It can be found along with other admission information on the Graduate School's website.
- The Personal Statement section is required, but the writing sample/essay is not applicable to Physics applications.
- Individual assessments regarding eligibility of application materials are not possible, all applications are considered equally after submission.
- Admissions decisions will be sent to you by the Graduate School when they are made. The department cannot share this information with you directly. However, if you have any questions about the program, please contact Mary Ellen Woycik
For answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the admissions process, please refer to our FAQ page.
- The ScM program has rolling admissions with an academic year deadline of May 1.