Graduate Program

 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.

Resources for Current Doctoral Students

Resources for Current Master's Students


Orientation for Incoming Physics Graduate Students

Tuesday Aug 29th - Thursday Aug 31st 2017

  • The department hosts a 3 day orientation for incoming PhD and Master's students in Barus & Holley to kick off the new year.  All incoming students are expected to attend.  

Information for Prospective Graduate Students

  • The 2017 deadline to apply for the PhD program was Tuesday, January 3, 2017 Late applications are not accepted.  Admission information can be found on the Graduate School's website.  
    • For answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the admissions process, please refer to our FAQ page.   
    • Individual assesments regarding eligibility of application materials are not possible, all applications are considered equally after submission.  
    • All applications are considered by the admissions committee regardless of whether the application is tagged as 'awaiting materials'.  If the committee requires additional information, you will be contacted.  
    • The GRE and TOEFL scores are attached to applications directly at the Graduate school.  If yours have not yet been attached it will not affect whether your application is considered as, all applications are considered fully.  
    • Admissions decisions will be sent to you by the Graduate School when they are made.  The department cannot share this information with you directly, do not contact the department to inquire about admission decisions, however if you have any questions about the program please contact Mary Ellen Woycik 
  • The ScM program has rolling admissions with an academic year deadline of May 1.