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Education: Urban Education Policy

The Department of Education offers a 12–month program to prepare students for a variety of professional careers and/or advanced study involving policy analysis, planning and development in urban public education.

The program integrates research, theory and practice to provide students with foundational concepts and core skills in such areas as data analysis and data-based decision making, economic theory and its application in the realm of urban education policy analysis, urban politics and education, human development in an urban education context, and urban demographics.

The academic coursework is grounded in practice and is complemented by a concurrent nine-month internship in a local urban education policy setting. The program draws heavily on the urban education policy expertise of the Brown–based Annenberg Institute for School Reform. Collaborations with the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs and other academic departments at Brown augment the practical and interdisciplinary aspects of the program.

Admission Requirements

Please note that the following requirements are for the previous application cycle and will be updated in late Summer 2021.

  • GRE General: Required, but can be waived for COVID-19 related reasons. We will NOT be accepting the at-home version of the GRE. Those who experience difficulty in securing a GRE exam for COVID-19 reasons may request a waiver by completing the appropriate form in the application.
  • GRE Subject: Not required
  • Personal Statement: 1000-1500 word personal statement that gives your reasons to pursue graduate work in the field of your study. The statement should include examples of your past work in your chosen field, your plans for study at Brown, issues and problems you'd like to address in your field and your professional goals.
  • Recommendations: Three (3) recommendations required
  • Resume: Required
  • TOEFL/IELTS: Required for any non-native English speaker who does not have a degree from an institution where English is the sole language of instruction or from a University in 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).

We will NOT be accepting the TOEFL at home version or the IELTS Indicator exam. However, we WILL be accepting the TOEFL ITP Plus exam for students in mainland China.

TOEFL/IELTS can be waived for COVID-19 related reasons. Those who experience difficulty may request a waiver by completing the appropriate form in the application.

If you have any questions regarding the application process for this program, please email [email protected].

Application Deadline: Applications to this program are closed for Fall 2021 entry and will reopen in late summer 2021. 

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A.M. Completion Requirements

The program will be one year (twelve months) long and will consist of nine courses: seven required core courses, including a nine–month policy internship that counts as one course and serves as a key feature of the program, and two elective courses. Required courses are in the areas of quantitative research methods and data analysis; education policy analysis; urban politics and urban education policy; economics of education; education systems and structures; qualitative research methods; and the nine–month internship. The elective component of the curriculum will allow students either to gain a greater depth of training in a core area or to broaden their graduate experience by seeking coursework in areas that are related to, but not directly covered by, core courses in the program.

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Department Chair: John Papay

Director of Urban Education Policy: Kenneth K. Wong