FAQ

The institution code for Brown University is 3094.  There is no separate department/program code.

 Although general GREs are required for entry into the Graduate School, our specific program's admissions committee does not use GRE scores as an admissions cutoff.  Instead, we view 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.

A language proficiency exam (TOEFL/IELTS) is usually required for international students.  Language proficiency exams are not required of those students who have earned a degree from a non-U.S. university where the primary language of instruction is English, or from a college or university in the United States*, or in any of the following countries: Australia, Bahamas, Botswana, Cameroon, Canada (except Quebec), Ethiopia, Ghana, Ireland, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, New Zealand, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, Tanzania, Gambia, Uganda, United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales), West Indies, Zambia. Students with degrees from universities in countries not on this list, but where English is the primary language of instruction, should have their university Registrar or Dean send a letter to the Graduate School, referencing the applicant's name and proposed area of study, and stating that English is the primary language of instruction for that institution

Graduate students who are candidates for the PhD are accepted into the MPP Program with a commitment of full financial support (tuition, stipend, health insurance fees) while their research and academic studies progress satisfactorily.  The Graduate School guarantees this support for 5 years, as will be stated in each student's acceptance letter; every effort is made to provide funding for students in good standing whose work extends beyond the 5th year, and so far no student has ever had to leave the MPP program because of a loss of financial support beyond the 5th year.

See the PhD Overview or Program Handbook sections of this website for a listing of requirements.

The online application is available in early September each year.

The deadline is December 1 each year. 

Yes, but only to US citizens or permanent residents who can demonstrate either financial need or participation in certain specialized programs listed on the fee waiver application.  The application can be found on the Graduate School website at: https://www.brown.edu/academics/gradschool/application-fee-waivers.  Note:  to be considered for a fee waiver, the student's graduate program application must be submitted at least 14 days prior to the regular application deadline. 

No.  You may submit a copy of your transcript.  We only require official transcripts from applicants who have been accepted into the program.

On average, we receive approximately 40 applications each year.

Acceptances are typically entered in CollegeNet in March, within a few weeks after the recruitment day (January/February each year).  Prior to the recruitment day, generally within about two weeks after the application deadline, the applicants selected to be interviewed on the recruitment day will be invited by phone, with a follow up email.  

Our program is small; we generally admit only 3 or 4 students each year.

You will need to contact the Registrar’s Office at Box K, Providence, RI 02912, (401) 863-2500 and request a course catalog.  However, many relevant elective courses are listed in the PhD Overview section of this website.

Our past average is 5.5 years, although the recent trend in the program is to graduate in 4 to 5 years, which is our current goal.

Most MPP graduates launch academic careers, but they also have found a variety of other very interesting career options, as shown in the graph in the section on "MPP Alumni Outcomes"