Admissions (Brown University)

Admission contact information

Application deadlines

  • Domestic Students -
    Fall: Jan 02
  • International Students -
    Fall: Jan 02

Application fee

  • Domestic Students - $75
  • International Students - $75
  • Other information - The deadline listed is for the Ph.D. program. The ScM program has rolling admissions, with an academic year application deadline of May 1.

Admission information

For Fall of 2018:

  • Number of applicants: 319
  • Number admitted: 45
  • Number enrolled: 18

Admission requirements

  • Bachelor's degree requirements:
    Bachelor's degree in Physics or related field is required. Applicants are expected to have a strong background in physics or closely related subjects.
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA:

GRE requirements

  • Yes, required.
  • Quantitative:
    Analytical writing:
  • Additional note for GRE:
    For Ph.D. program, GRE General is required.
    For ScM program, GRE General is recommended.

GRE Physics requirements

  • Yes, recommended.
  • Minimum accepted GRE:
  • Additional note for GRE Physics:
    For both Ph.D. and ScM program, GRE subject is recommended.

TOEFL requirements

Yes, required for students from non-English-speaking countries.

  • PBT score: 577
    iBT score: 90
  • Additional note for TOEFL:
    TOEFL is not required for one whose native language is not English but who has received a degree from a university in which English is the primary language of instruction. To update the application, a waiver must be obtained from the Graduate School. More information:

Other admissions information

  • Additional requirements: The Ph.D. program provides students with opportunities to perform independent research in some of the most current and dynamic areas of physics. Three letters of recommendation are required. The ScM program is suitable as both a means for professional development and preparation for further graduate study. The program is designed to be completed in 4 semesters with 2 courses per semester as full-time enrollment. There is flexibility to allow for completion of the degree in two, or three semesters depending on a student’s background. Two recommendation letters are required.
  • Undergraduate preparation assumed: Undergraduate requirements flexible to some extent; preference given for strong upper-class study in mechanics, E&M, wave theory, modern physics, and mathematics through partial differential equations. Purcell, Electricity and Magnetism; Schey, Div, Grad, Curl and All That; Feynman, The Feynman Lectures on Physics, Vol. II recommended; French and Taylor, An Introduction to Quantum Physics; Marion, Classical Electromagnetic Radiation; Gasiorowicz, Quantum Physics; Reif, Fundamentals of Statistical and Thermal Physics; French, Vibrations and Waves; Kibble, Classical Mechanics (2nd. ed. or later).