Staying A Fifth Year
A student earning an ScB in one field (for example, computer science) and an AB in another (for example, economics) is permitted to stay an extra year if needed to finish up concentration requirements. The student must pass a minimum of 38 courses and declare their intent to stay for a fifth year by their fifth semester. Another option (please see below) is to earn a Master's degree.
Earning A Fifth-Year Master's Degree
Brown has two programs under which an undergraduate can stay for a fifth year to earn a Master's degree:
- The Five-Year Baccalaureate/Master's Degree program allows students, after completing their Baccalaureate degree, to continue at Brown for a Master's degree and use courses taken while an undergrad to satisfy some of their Master's course requirements. Students must apply for this program before they complete undergrad study.
Of the eight courses required for the Master's degree, two may be completed while the student is an undergrad, even if taken before the student was admitted to the Master's program. At least six semester courses must be taken while in residence as a grad student.
Admission must be approved by the department in which the Master's degree is sought and by the Graduate School. While a student must be enrolled as an active undergrad student at the time of application, admission to the grad program can be deferred for up to two years with approval of Brown CS. To apply, click here. (This link will take you to College Net, the Graduate School's admission system. Please be sure to indicate that you're applying for the Five-Year Master's and not the regular Master's.
- The Concurrent Baccalaureate/Master's Degree program allows exceptionally capable students to combine their last year or two of undergrad study with grad study, resulting in the simultaneous completion of both a Baccalaureate degree and a Master's degree.
Students must apply for this program during their junior year. Their applications must be first approved by the Committee on Academic Standing, which will ascertain that the student's academic performance has been outstanding and that the student's undergrad program is sufficiently broad (normally meaning taking at least ten courses outside their fields of concentration). Applications then must be approved by the Graduate Council and the appropriate department, which may place additional requirements on admission to this special program.
The candidate must complete a minimum of thirty-four courses within eight or nine semesters and complete the requirements of both the Baccalaureate degree and the Master's degree. No more than two courses may be used to satisfy both Baccalaureate concentration requirements and Master's requirements. Brown CS permits only those students pursuing an ScB in any of its concentrations to obtain a concurrent Baccalaureate/Master's degree. To apply, click here.