Applications are currently being accepted for the graduating class of 2021, beginning study February 2020.

There is no application deadline for this program. The selection committee meets regularly. Applications will be considered and admission will be granted until the class is full.

For further assistance with the application process, please contact: 

The Executive Master in Science and Technology Leadership Advising Team

Priority Application Review Date | October 5, 2018

Applicants who submit their completed program application, including letters of recommendations and transcripts by October 5, 2018, will receive an expedited admission decision within 6 weeks.

For further assistance with the application process, please contact the EMSTL advising team at 401-863-2700 or

Priority Application & Scholarship Review Date | July 27, 2018

Applicants who submit their completed program application, including letters of recommendations and transcripts, along with a completed scholarship application by July 27, 2018, will receive expedited admission and scholarship award decision within 6 weeks. Students must be accepted into the program before a scholarship award can be discussed.

We encourage those considering applying for scholarship funds to do so early. After the July 27th Priority Application and Scholarship Review date, scholarships will be awarded to accepted students only if funds are available.

To obtain the Scholarship Application or for further assistance with the application process, please contact the EMSTL advising team at 401-863-2700 or

Application Instructions

To complete your application, submit the following via the online application system:

1. Pre-Application Call with Program Leadership

Prior to application submission, prospective students should contact a program adviser to schedule a one-on-one pre-application video conference call with Academic Director Anubhav Tripathi and Program Director Mike Donahue. Candidates will have the opportunity to discuss their professional backgrounds and discover how the EMSTL program can advance their careers. To request a pre-application call, contact the EMSTL program advising team at 401-863-2700 or

2. Application Form & Fee

Please complete and submit the online application. The application fee of $200 US can be paid by credit card via the online application, or by check to Brown University mailed to 200 Dyer Street, Box T, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island 02912 USA.

3. Personal Statement

As part of the online application you will need to prepare a personal statement that addresses why you want to pursue the Executive Master in Science and Technology Leadership at Brown, what you hope to learn from the program, and how your participation will enrich the experience of others in the program (approximately 500 words).

4. Description of Critical Challenge

This critical challenge will become the focus of your independent study in the “Critical Challenge Project” course throughout the duration of the program. Describe a critical challenge related to your field and interests, drawing from your own experience and vision for the future.

In your submission (500 – 1000 words) you should address, in four clearly marked sections:

  1. The complexity and challenges of the problem in the current environment,
  2. Technical, organizational, and social barriers and constraints,
  3. The specific work you anticipate completing while a student at Brown that will advance solutions to the problem, and
  4.  Deliverables for your project besides a report, if any.
5. Resume or Curriculum Vitae

Your resume format can be in Microsoft Word or PDF.

6. Official Transcript(s)

Please submit an official transcript for all programs, both undergraduate and graduate, for which you were awarded a degree, prior to arrival on campus. Please note that unofficial transcripts may be uploaded to the online application, but official transcripts are required for an application to be considered complete.

7. Letters of Recommendation (3)

On the application, you must provide the names and email addresses of three professional colleagues who have agreed to your request to provide a letter of recommendation. One letter should come from your present or past supervisor, or from a more senior executive in your organization. Please note the referee will be asked to assess the applicant’s strengths and weaknesses in areas such as creativity, initiative and aptitude for advanced study. They will also be asked about the nature of their relationship with the applicant and any relevant information pertaining to merits aiding in successful integration into the program.

8. For Team Applications Only: A Letter from the Sponsoring Organization

The sponsoring organization should prepare one letter that identifies all team members with their current roles and responsibilities, and the expected benefits of sending them as a team. On their individual applications, each team member should indicate that they are part of a team, and one team member should submit the letter from the sponsoring organization.

No standardized test scores are required. Graduate Record Exam scores are not required. You may submit GRE scores as part of the online application if you have them. If appropriate, you may be asked to provide TOEFL scores.

The Selection Committee will review complete applications only. You will be notified by email about missing elements in your application, and you may login to monitor whether your file is complete.

Select candidates will be invited to interview. Candidates who are accepted into the program will be notified by the Brown University Graduate School.

Additional Application Information

Reserving Your Place

Candidates who are accepted into the program must reserve their place with a non-refundable $1,500 deposit payable online by ACH or credit card, or by check to Brown University at:

200 Dyer Street, Box T
Brown University
Providence, Rhode Island 02912

The deposit is due within 21 days of notification of acceptance and will be credited to the total program cost.

Degree and Alumni Benefits

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be granted an Executive Master in Science and Technology Leadership degree and alumni status at Brown University. For more information on alumni benefits, visit the Brown Alumni Association.

Team Attendance

Immediate and sustained benefits may be optimized by organizations that sponsor a team of students. By developing a shared experience and vision in the program, an organizational team is poised to transfer this knowledge and to lead transformative change. Senior executives are encouraged to consult with the Program Director as they consider the advantages of sponsoring a team and plan the composition of their team. Each team member must complete an individual application and the team will be considered for admission when all applications are received.

For International Students Considering an Executive Masters Program at the School of Professional Studies

Executive master’s programs offered by the School of Professional Studies blend low-residential session attendance with online learning, allowing students to work full-time while enrolled in their program. The School of Professional Studies does not issue I-20 certificates for the F-1 student visa, issued only for full-time on-campus study.

If you intend to pursue study at the School of Professional Studies as an admitted degree candidate, neither the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) nor B-2 visa is appropriate. ESTA and B-2 visas are only for international travelers whose main reason for visiting the United States is tourism. Attempting to enter the United States with a B-2 visa to earn credit is a violation of US visa policy and you risk being denied entry to the United States.

B-1 visa holders may not attend any educational activity that earns them academic credit. You risk being denied entry to the U.S. if you attempt to enter on a B-1 visa for the purpose of attending a U.S.-based session. You will not be enrolled in the program if you enter the U.S. on a B-1 visa.

Most other non-immigrant visa holders may attend for-credit professional education programs, seminars, or conferences incidental to their status. We encourage you to seek independent legal advice as to whether your status allows you to participate in our program.

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