Watson Institute for International Studies

Brown Public Policy Program

Master of Public Affairs (MPA)


The Brown MPA degree is a one-year (summer – fall – spring) accelerated, full-time degree that prepares students with analytical tools, management skills, international study, and real world experience. 

A typical student’s journey through the program includes the following:

Summer Semester

  • Professional skills bootcamp including writing, presentation, data analysis, and research workshops
  • Core courses in economics, policy, quantitative analysis, and financial management
  • Global policy immersion experience working with policymakers in France, Brazil, India, or China for 2.5-weeks

Fall Semester

  • Advanced courses in Policy Implementation and Policy Analysis & Evaluation
  • Elective coursework from a policy track: Education Policy, Environmental Policy & Sustainability, Health Policy, International Security, Urban Policy, Economic Development, among others. Students can also design their own track.

Spring Semester

  • ‘Policy in Action’ internship for 12 weeks
  • Advanced courses in Organizational Management & Behavior and Systems Dynamics
  • Additional elective course in policy track
  • Advanced topics and tools in public policy. Possible courses include: GIS, Law & Ethics, Public Service, Cost-Benefit Analysis

In addition to a full course load and action learning internship, students will enjoy career planning and placement support and will benefit from learning with a cohort of passionate change makers and future leaders.

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