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  • Brown University

    -- Providence, RI 
  • 115 Waterman St., 4th Flr
    Providence, RI 
  • (401)863-7600
  • [email protected]
  • Computer Science (MSc, and PhD )
    For a position in Game Design

  • Campus:Yes         Online: No
  • In state: 30672 US Dollars (USD) per Year
    Out of state: 0 US Dollars (USD) per Semester
    Non-US National (Overseas Students): 0 US Dollars (USD) per Semester
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  • The CS Department

    Since our inception in 1979, the Computer Science Department at Brown has forged a path of innovative information technology research and teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. From our modest beginnings as an interest group within the Divisions of Applied Mathematics and Engineering in the 1960s to its current stature as one of the nation's leading computer science programs - as ranked by the National Research Council - the Computer Science Department has continuously produced the most prominent contributors in the field, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.


    We are a diverse community of scholars engaged in all aspects of research, teaching and mentoring in computer science and its related interdisciplinary disciplines. Realizing the importance of computing and algorithmic thinking in so many scientific, social and technological endeavors, we collaborate extensively with colleagues in archaeology, applied mathematics, biology, cognitive and linguistic sciences, economics, engineering, mathematics, medicine, physics and neuroscience.

    Our undergraduate offerings reflect the department's multidisciplinary orientations, with joint concentrations in mathematics, applied mathematics, computational biology and economics. We have strong undergraduate research groups in graphics, neuroscience and robotics as well as a long history of involving undergraduates in projects that span disciplinary boundaries. Graduate students find it easy to tailor their education to meet the challenges of multidisciplinary research and commonly have advisors in two or more departments.


    Excellence in teaching and mentoring is highly prized in our department. Our faculty is encouraged to develop new, more effective ways of teaching computer science and to lead in the development of new curricula and materials for teaching. For example, our introductory courses are subject to constant revision to keep the content fresh and exciting. Junior and senior faculty alike teach undergraduate courses; the teaching load distributed so that junior faculty can spend more time getting their research on track.

    Graduate Program

    Graduate students work closely with faculty and with one another and are supported through a variety of university, government and corporate grants and fellowships. The research facilities available to graduate students are state of the art, and their offices, intermingled with the faculty offices, are comfortable and spacious. Open areas for socializing and working are also intermingled, and well-equipped kitchens and common areas provide an inviting environment for impromptu brainstorming and collaborative research.

    Undergraduate Program

    We have a long history of involving undergraduates in research and education. Encouraging undergraduates to do research was novel when we began, more than 25 years ago, and we remain unique in the extent to which undergraduates create and take part in research programs and coauthor research papers. We expect that most of our undergraduate concentrators will participate in research during their time at Brown, and we make sure that they have ample opportunity to exercise their interests.

    In our extensive undergraduate teaching assistant (UTA) program, qualified undergraduates participate in all aspects of course development and instruction and play an important peer-teaching and mentoring role in all our undergraduate courses. Having UTAs run study sections and explain computing concepts to their peers appropriately blurs the line between teaching and learning and encourages all students to take an active part in their education. This early teaching experience positions students to become leaders and prepares them for the many computing careers in which team-based, collaborative problem solving is the norm. Our UTA program is frequently cited by our graduates, their employers and their graduate advisors as an important contributing factor to the high quality of our graduates and goes far to account for the large number of our graduates who become leaders in academia and industry.

    Industrial Partners Program

    Our Industrial Partners Program (IPP) exists to provide interaction between the academic and corporate information technology communities and allows us to offer corporations exceptional opportunities for productive collaboration with a leading academic research institution. We are committed to progress in research and the transfer of state-of-the-art technologies beyond the campus. We are also committed to informing our students and faculty about the career opportunities in industry and keeping them current on the technical problems that drive industrial research and development. Strong, mutually beneficial links with leaders in computer-related industries will advance these goals.


    Located on the top three floors of Brown's Center for Information Technology, members of the computer science community enjoy large open-plan spaces designed to support collaborative research and facilitate social and intellectual interaction. The department's computing infrastructure is separate from the rest of the university and supports all our administrative, research and educational needs. In particular, we maintain several state-of-the-art classrooms and computing labs with high-performance computing clusters and graphics workstations. The Center for Computation and Visualization hosts multiple parallel high-performance computer clusters and an Immersive Virtual Reality Cave which are used for both research and teaching.

    More Information

    Each year we publish a brochure (a pdf document), which contains a more complete description of our faculty and programs.