Receiving A Master's Degree While Completing A PhD

PhD candidates in good standing are eligible to receive a Master's degree after advancing to candidacy. If you're interested, submit the university's application to graduate, available in Banner. You must also submit the Brown CS application to Lauren Clarke no later than May 1 of the year that you wish to receive the degree. The requirements for a Master's degree must be met as specified in the Brown CS application, and the research project that used to advance to candidacy may be used to fulfill the research project.

The requirements for a Master's degree differ from the advance to candidacy requirements. To earn a Master's degree, you're required to complete six graduate-level courses in CS or related areas that should be chosen as follows:

  1. Two must be CS courses that form a coherent major.
  2. One must be a CS course that complements the major.
  3. Three additional courses must be in CS or related areas.
  4. None of the six courses can be Reading and Research courses, and at least two of the six courses must be 2000-level courses.

PhDs Who Have Yet To Advance

PhDs who take a leave of absence before advancing to candidacy and wish to receive a Master's degree should talk to the Director of Graduate Studies to see if they qualify.