Brown U. Tests Approach to Interdisciplinary Graduate Work

Brown U. Tests Approach to Interdisciplinary Graduate Work 1

M. Scott Brauer for The Chronicle

As part of Brown U.’s open graduate education pilot project, Arielle Schilit Nitenson is pursuing 
a master’s in biology education and is also studying neuroscience for her doctorate.

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M. Scott Brauer for The Chronicle

As part of Brown U.’s open graduate education pilot project, Arielle Schilit Nitenson is pursuing 
a master’s in biology education and is also studying neuroscience for her doctorate.

Doctoral students at Brown University are testing a new model for interdisciplinary studies that allows them to pair advanced degrees in sometimes-disparate fields, with the goals of broadening their knowledge and improving their marketability.

Advocates of the program, called Open Graduate Education, say it also helps students forge new ways of thinking about big and complex problems facing society. Participants in Brown’s program, which is now limited to about 10 Ph.D.