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Computer Science

The Department of Computer Science's master's program is suitable both for those who wish to improve their professional competence in computer science and for those who seek to prepare for further graduate study.

The Department of Computer Science's master's program is suitable both for those who wish to improve their professional competence in computer science and for those who seek to prepare for further graduate study.

The program offers three different tracks (thesis, project and coursework only) that enable individuals to customize their studies to match their particular ambitions and experiences. Computer-science classes at Brown are taught by the same professors who have earned our department's reputation for innovative education and research. The department has expertise in a variety of areas of computer science, including algorithms and data structures, artificial intelligence, automated reasoning and planning, brain-machine interfaces, computational biology, computer security, cryptography, database management systems, distributed systems and ubiquitous computing, electronic commerce and agents, graphics and visualization, human-computer interaction, nanotechnology, natural language processing, networking, operating systems, operations research and constraint programming, programming languages, robotics and computer vision, software engineering, and stream processing.

Additional Resources

The Department of Computer Science provides leading-edge computing technology to all its students. Each Sc.M. student is provided with a desktop computer and desk in a departmental office. Students also have access to compute clusters. In addition, there are six research labs: the Algorithmics Lab, the Artificial Intelligence Lab, the Graphics Lab, the Internet Lab, the Motion Capture Lab, and the Systems Lab.

Admission Requirements

  • GRE General: Not required
  • GRE Subject: Not required
  • Personal Statement: 1000-1500 word personal statement that gives your reasons to pursue graduate work in the field of your study. The statement should include examples of your past work in your chosen field, your plans for study at Brown, issues and problems you'd like to address (such as gaps in education or low grades) in your field and your professional goals.
  • Recommendations: Three (3) recommendations required for external applications (not required for fifth-year master's applicants)
  • Resume: Required
  • TOEFL/IELTS: Required for any non-native English speaker who does not have a degree from an institution where English is the sole language of instruction or from a University in the following countries: Australia, Bahamas, Botswana, Cameroon, Canada (except Quebec), Ethiopia, Ghana, Ireland, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, New Zealand, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, Tanzania, Gambia, Uganda, United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales), West Indies, Zambia).
    • The TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition and the IELTS Indicator exam are accepted.
    • Students from mainland China may submit the TOEFL ITP Plus exam
    • The minimum TOEFL score is 105 and the minimum IELTS score is 8.0.

If you have any questions regarding the application process for this program, please email [email protected].

Application Deadline: February 1, 2022 for Fall 2022 entry. Brown undergraduates may apply as a fifth-year master’s student through May 1, 2022.

Tuition and Scholarships 

  • Tuition: $9,168 per course; 8 courses over two years
  • Scholarships: Unavailable for academic year 2022-2023

Sc.M. Completion Requirements

B or better in eight courses in Computer Science or related areas. The student can either choose the thesis/project track, in which case two of the courses represent work towards completion of the thesis/project, or the coursework–only track, in which case two of the courses must comprise an approved specialization. There are also distribution requirements.

Financial Aid

No Financial Aid is available

Department of Computer Science
Brown University
Box 1910
401-863-7600
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Leadership

Department Chair: Ugur Cetintemel

Director of Graduate Studies: Tom Doeppner