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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 global 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
  • 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 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

  • Personal Statement: Required. Outline why you have decided to pursue graduate work and discuss your past work (study and research) in your chosen field, your plans for study at Brown, including issues and problems you want to address, and your professional goals.
  • GRE General: Required; no other tests may be substituted
  • GRE Subject: Not required
  • Resume: Required
  • Transcripts: Required
  • Transcript Verification: May be required for international applicants
  • Letters of Recommendation: Three required
  • TOEFL or IELTS: Required for any international applicant whose undergraduate curriculum was not taught in English.

Application Deadline:

  • Rolling admissions: May 1
  • See the MPA website for deadlines, application requirements, and frequently asked questions.

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
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Department Chair: Eric Patashnik

Director of Graduate Studies: Eric Patashnik