Receiving A Master's Degree As A PhD Student

If you're a PhD candidate in good standing, you're eligible to receive a Master's degree after advancing to candidacy. If you're interested in this, you should should submit the university's application to graduate, available in Banner. The Brown CS application (PDF), which should be submitted to Lauren Clarke, is due no later than May 1 of the year 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 used to advance to candidacy may be used to fulfill the research project. 

The requirements for a Master's degree differ from the requirements to advance to candidacy. To earn their Master's degree, a student is required to complete 6 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. Examples of such majors ppear on our Master's web page.
  2. One must be a CS course that complements the major. Examples appear on our web page.
  3. Three additional courses must be in CS or related areas.
  4. None of the 6 courses can be Reading and Research courses and the student should have received credit for two instances of CSCI 2980 as part of doing their research projects.

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.