Graduate Programs

The School of Engineering focuses on unique and innovative clustering of faculty. In research groups, engineers of all types team together with non-engineers to tackle some of the biggest problems facing engineering and science today.

Since this range of topics is so broad, prospective students are strongly encouraged to browse the engineering website to further explore individual research activities.

Students usually identify an advisor during the early stages of graduate study and are often involved in independent research from the start of the program. Each student, in collaboration with their advisor, develops a unique program of study that includes both coursework and independent research, and prepares the students for careers in academia and industry.

Additional Resources

As well as distinct master's degree programs in Master of Arts in Design Engineering (MADE), Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship (PRIME) and Biomedical Engineering, the School of Engineering includes the following research areas:

  • The Chemical and Environmental Engineering (ChEE) applies chemical and engineering sciences to emerging technologies and their impacts on human health and the environment. Specific research thrusts include environmental remediation, biotechnology, biotransport processes, chemical nanoscience, carbon–based materials, and thermal and electrochemical energy conversion.
  • The Electrical and Computer Engineering group is divided into solid state and quantum electronics (SSQE) and computer engineering. Research topics include projects in experimental laser sciences, semiconductors, optoelectronics, condensed matter physics, nanoscience and technology, biophotonics, and bioengineering. The computer engineering group has topics in multimedia signal processing, medical imaging, computer vision, 3D photography, speech processing, image understanding, design and test of digital integrated circuits, computer architecture, physical integrated circuit design, and nanoscale system design.
  • The Mechanical Engineering & Applied Mechanics group focuses on a broad range of disciplines and applications including fundamental fluid dynamics and the mechanics of solids. This program balances the perspectives of continuum mechanics, structure of matter, and materials science with heat transfer, micro– and nanoscale fluids, complex fluids, biotechnology, acoustics, thermodynamics and energy sciences. 
  • The Materials Science focuses on a fundamental understanding of the different types of materials and the interrelationship between processing, structure, and materials properties.

Application Information

If you have any questions regarding the application process for this program, please email

Application Requirements

GRE Subject:

Not required

GRE General:

Required; the GRE General Test at home version is accepted


Required for any non-native English speaker who does not have a degree from an institution where English is the sole language of instruction or from a University in the following countries: Australia, Bahamas, Botswana, Cameroon, Canada (except Quebec), Ethiopia, Ghana, Ireland, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, New Zealand, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, Tanzania, Gambia, Uganda, United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales), West Indies, Zambia).

The TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition and the IELTS Indicator exam are accepted.

Students from mainland China may submit the TOEFL ITP Plus exam.

Official Transcripts:

Required. All applicants may upload unofficial transcripts for application submission. Official transcripts are ONLY required for enrolling students before class start. An international transcript evaluation (WES, ECE, or SpanTran) is required for degrees from non-U.S. institutions before enrollment.

Letters of Recommendations:

Three (3) recommendations required.

Two (2) recommendations required for 5th year master's only.

Personal Statement:

1000-1500 word personal statement that gives your reasons to pursue graduate work in the field of your study. The statement should include examples of your past work in your chosen field, your plans for study at Brown, issues and problems you'd like to address in your field and your professional goals.




Early Admission Deadline

Application Deadline

5th Year Deadline

Tuition and Funding

Graduate Tuition & Fees: Please visit the Student Financial Services Office for up-to-date tuition rates.

Completion Requirements

Eight semester courses; thesis plan in consultation with advisor (typically optional).

For details, refer to the Program Handbook under "Resources" below.


Alumni Careers

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Dean of Engineering
Tejal Desai
Director of Graduate Studies
Eric Chason
Graduate Advisor (Chemical and Environmental Engineering)
Andrew Peterson
Graduate Advisor (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
Harvey Silverman
Graduate Advisor (Materials Science and Engineering)
Lucas Caretta
Graduate Advisor (Biomedical Engineering)
Marissa Gray
Graduate Advisor (Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics)
Roberto Zenit

Contact and Location

School of Engineering

Mailing Address

Brown University
Box D, 184 Hope Street
Providence, RI 02912
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