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Public Affairs

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.

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
  • Small class size and accessible faculty
  • 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
  • The only one–year Master of Public Affairs degree program from an Ivy League institution

The program's skills courses are 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 also engage in a three–month consultancy project. Students may apply to pursue a data–driven policy specialization to gain the tools needed to turn large data sets and behavioral science into improved policy.

Program of Study: For degree completion, students must complete at least 13 courses (10 credits). For 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

  • GRE General: Optional. We will NOT be accepting the at-home version of the GRE.
  • GRE Subject: Not required
  • Personal Statement: Your statement should outline why you have decided to pursue graduate work. Discuss your past work in your chosen field, your plans for study at Brown, including issues and problems you want to address, and your professional goals.
  • Recommendations: Three (3) recommendations required
  • Resume: Required
  • Additional Materials: Quantitative Resume
  • 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.

Comprehensive application requirements are detailed on the Master of Public Affairs website.

Application Deadline: February 1, 2021 - Start your application today

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.

Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Brown University
Box 1977
401-863-2201
[email protected]

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Leadership

Interim Director: Shankar Prasad

Associate Director: Olivia Whalen