Applying To Our Doctoral Program

Thanks for your interest! If you haven't already, please acquaint yourself with the PhD program (and compare it to our Master's program) to check that it suits you. You may want to review the homepages of our faculty for information about their research interests, and if they have any instructions for applicants interested in them as a potential advisor.

Please read the FAQ here. It answers many of the questions you probably have.

When you're ready, continue to the Official Online Application.

Application Requirements

We expect strong results from our applicants in the following:

  • Record of grades or other academic performance
  • Research experience or clear motivation of a research plan
  • 3 recommendation letters (you might suggest to your letter writers that they look at this site)
  • TOEFL or IELTS (for applicants whose native language is not English)
  • Note the GRE is no longer mandatory, but may be included if desired

Again, please read our FAQ.

How To Apply

The deadline for applications (including test scores and letters of recommendation) for entry in September is December 15. (We don't allow doctoral students to start at other times of the year.) If your recommendation letters are arriving a day or two late due to circumstances beyond your control, go ahead and email us to give us a heads up.

Please visit the graduate school website and complete the entire application on-line. You can get additional information from our FAQ and from the Graduate School's Web site. We strongly urge you to provide unofficial (scanned) copies of your transcripts as part of the electronic application. If you're accepted to the program, we'll ask you to mail an official copy of your transcript.

Graduate applications are handled by a combination of Brown CS and the Graduate School. First, your application is formally processed by the Graduate School. Its content is then read by members of Brown CS, who forward their recommendations to the Graduate School. Finally, the Graduate School formally admits you to the program. Therefore, you may receive correspondence from either of these entities.

Note that doctoral students can automatically earn a Master's degree on the way to completing their PhD, but Master's students don't automatically transition to the PhD track.