Master's Degree FAQ

Yes, this is considered a STEM program for OPT extension purposes (this is a visa issue, of concern to international applicants). 

Unfortunately not. Applications have to be submitted completely before the deadline to be considered. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and no applications will be accepted after the deadline.

Note that we need a complete application, including letters of recommendation and official score reports, before we can make admission decisions. Therefore, please give your letter writers enough time to write and mail your letters of support. 

To request a fee waiver, complete the Application Fee Waiver Request on the online application form. The fee waiver request form must be submitted no later than three days before the application deadline. Applicants will be notified by email regarding the outcome of their request and should not submit their application until receiving notification about their waiver. In addition, you will need to upload documentation that substantiates your financial hardship. 

We do not currently have financial aid available for ScM students, and our office does not have information about scholarships that might be available for this program. See the Office of Financial Aid for financing options (their worksheets page is here). 

If you have completed an undergraduate or graduate degree in English, you do not have to take an English language test. For more details, please look at Brown's TOEFL/IELTS waiver policy on this page.

If you attended and completed a degree at an institution outside of the U.S. where English was the sole language of instruction, then you are not required to submit English scores. If this is the case, please email [email protected] upon submitting your application so we can manually waive the requirement.

Please note that for applicants who completed a degree from one of the following nations (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, West Indies, Zambia), an English language exam is not required, and no waiver submission or email is necessary.

The initial cohort of 27 students completed the program in Summer 2018. Employment information for that group is here. In 2018-2019, 38 students (of over 550 applicants) are participating.  Currently, we are expecting about the same number of students (of 600 applicants) for 2019-2020. 

The graduate school's contact information is on their Web page.

No. You can apply for the 5th-Year Master's Degree, but this program is not suitable for concurrent degrees. 

Yes. We do not require your undergraduate degree to be four years in duration. 

You may find additional useful information on the Brown Graduate School website. For questions related specifically to the Data Science Master's program, please email [email protected].