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Public Affairs

Brown University offers a one-year Master of Public Affairs (MPA) program with an accelerated schedule (summer – fall – spring) for full-time students. Our MPA program provides students with the analytical foundations, policy domain knowledge, field experience, interdisciplinary tools and leadership skills they need to tackle today's most intractable problems. The Brown University program prepares students for careers spanning public service, all levels of government, NGOs, foundations, and the private sector.

Distinct features of our program include:

  • Rigorous, multidisciplinary curriculum that includes international travel and study
  • Small class size and accessible faculty
  • Full time consultancy project with leading policy organizations
  • High-touch learning experience with dedicated career planning and professional coaching support
  • Faculty comprised of world- renowned researchers and experienced practitioners
  • Merit-based aid available
  • Only one-year Master of Public Affairs degree program from an Ivy League institution 

In addition to skills courses designed to equip students with the data analytical tools and leadership skills needed to understand and address some of the world's most pressing problems, students are required to pursue a specialized course of study to gain proficiency in specific issue areas. Students will also engage in a three-month consultancy project, and a 2.5 week global policy experience that pairs them with policymakers in international locations.  

Program of Study: For degree completion, students must complete at least 13 courses (10 credits), including a one-credit action learning consultancy project and the global policy experience. For the more detail, see the curriculum page on the MPA website.

Program Cost: Includes tuition, health insurance, and student fees. Please see detailed program costs on the MPA website. 

Admission requirements: a personal statement outlining professional goals and supporting background is required for admission.

GRE General: Required; no other tests may be substituted. 
GRE Subject: Not required
Resume: Required
Transcripts: Required
Letters of Recommendation: Submit 3 letters of recommendation (at least one academic)
TOEFL: Required for any international applicant whose undergraduate curriculum was not taught in English.

Financial aid: Merit-based scholarships are awarded to qualified, eligible candidates. Student loans are available through our Office of Financial Aid to eligible applicants who submit the FAFSA.

Application deadlines:
Early admission: December 18
Regular admission: February 23

Learn more about the program and get answers to frequently asked questions.