Undergraduates in engineering with high academic standing may enter an integrated program leading to the award of a master of science degree at the end of the academic year following receipt of the bachelor of science degree. General requirements for the master of science degree are given in the Brown University Bulletin.
This program normally involves students taking two 200-level courses during their bachelor of science degree. Credit for these two courses is then counted toward the eight course Sc.M. requirements, thus reducing the tuition payment during the fifth year to 3/4 of the normal amount. The recommended additional undergraduate courses are Engineering 2010 and 2020. Five-year Sc.B./Sc.M. students must satisfy the normal requirements for both degrees. It is also possible for 5th year master's degree students to apply 100-level classes taken during the undergraduate program to the Sc.M. degree, however only two 100-level courses total may be used to fulfill the Sc.M. degree. The maximum number of classes which can be transferred from the undergraduate program is two. The program for the 5th Year Sc.M. must be completed in one year.
All admission decisions for graduate programs are made at the program level. Rising juniors and seniors who are interested in pursuing a 5th-Year master’s degree should contact faculty in their intended programs. Students must apply for this program before they complete their undergraduate studies through the Graduate School's online application system but may defer their admission for up to two years once admitted. Applicants are not required to take the GRE.
5th Year MAT Program - Engineering/Physics
The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program in Education also offers an engineering/physics track. This program allows undergraduates to earn a Master's of Arts in Teaching certification in a fifth year at Brown.