Commissioning Programs

Same Flag, Different Paths 

There are several paths students can take to earn a military commission while at Brown, some of which also provide scholarships and financial assistance. Which path a student chooses will depend on which branch of the service they want to join, and how much of a commitment they're prepared to make concurrently with their school work.

Whichever path or branch you choose, the Office of Military-Affiliated Students is here to support you in your pursuit of a commission with the US military. 

  • ROTC
    The Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) allows students to complete their military commissioning requirements during the academic year, concurrently with their studies 
  • Officer Candidate School
    Officer Candidate School (OCS), run by each of the five branches (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard) are open to civilians who hold at least a four-year college degree and meet age and security-clearance requirements.
  • Marine Corps PLC
    The Marine Corps Platoon Leadership Class (PLC) is an opportunity to fulfill your commissioning requirements during the summertime, allowing you to fully concentrate on your studies during the school year.
  • Health Professions Scholarship
    The Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) offers Medical School scholarships (covering all direct educational costs and providing a monthly stipend) that result in commissions with any branch of the military.
  • Scholarships for STEM Students
    The Navy and Air Force offer specialty scholarships (including monthly stipends of around $3,000) for STEM students who commit to work in a specific field, such as nuclear propulsion or engineering.