Admission and Financial Aid

Admissions Criteria

Brown University does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, or other school-administered programs. PhD applications and 5th year Master's applications can be found on the Graduate School website. 

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for admission into the the MPP Graduate Program.  We review each application as a whole, and place emphasis on more powerful predictors of success, such as:

  • letters of recommendation
  • research experience
  • personal statements
  • academic performance and interviews.

GRE subject tests are not required.  Students for whom English is a second language must submit scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).  Our recruitment event, including interviews, usually occurs in early February.  All expenses for the recruitment process (travel, housing, food) are paid by the graduate program.

PhD Application Deadline: December 1
Recruitment Day: Early February

Financial Information

The Graduate School offers incoming doctoral students five years of guaranteed financial support, including a stipend, tuition remission, a health-services fee and a health-insurance subsidy. The annual stipend for the 2019-2020 academic year is $35,035.  Students who are accepted to the program will be offered a University fellowship for their first year and a half at Brown.  Subsequent years may be funded by teaching assistantships, research assistantships or grants from outside sources.  No support is provided for students at the master’s level. Visit the Brown Graduate School website for more information about financial support.

Living and Housing Expenses

For students who cannot easily come to Brown to find housing before the start of their first year, Brown offers limited housing for first year graduate students (only for the first year).  More information about first-year graduate school housing can be found on the Brown Graduate Housing website.  After the first year, these students must find off-campus housing.  Most students do so even in their first year.  Many graduate students rent apartments in residential areas immediately surrounding the Brown campus, where rent prices range from approximately $500 to $2500 or more per month.  Rents are lower in areas farther from campus.  Rhode Island public buses are free to Brown students, faculty and staff with a Brown ID.  Brown also operates a variety of free shuttle services and free access to RIPTA within and near campus. These services make apartments farther from campus more accessible. 
Learn more about funding the PhD degree 

Health Insurance

Student’s health insurance fees were covered by Brown University and the Division of Biology and Medicine for the year 2014-2015, and provisions have been made by the University to continue covering healthcare for Brown graduate students. Visit the Brown Graduate School website to learn more about health insurance at Brown.
Learn more about health insurance