Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
MPA

Application Materials

Applicants are notified of decisions via the online application system, so it is important to keep your contact information current.
Applicants to the Master of Public Affairs program must complete our online application and submit the following:

U.S. Applicants International Applicants Brown University Seniors

Transcripts from all
post-secondary education

required required required

Letters of recommendation

3 required
(at least one academic) 

3 required
(at least one academic) 
2 required
(at least one academic) 

Resume

required required required

GRE scores
Brown code: 3094
Department/major field code: 2204

required required not required

Personal statement*

required required required

TOEFL or IELTS scores
TOEFL institution code: 3094
More about TOEFL/IELTS on the 
Brown Graduate School website

not required

required for applicants who
earned a bachelor's degree at a
non-English-speaking institution
more information

not required

Deadlines

Early Application Deadline – December 18, 2017 

Students who know that Brown is a top choice should apply as part of the MPA's early application program. Decisions released late January 2018. Early application decisions are non-binding.

Regular Application Deadline – February 23, 2018

Decisions released mid-March 2018.

Brown Seniors Deadline – May 1, 2018

Application Fee

The application fee is $75.

Personal Statement*

Please give your reasons for deciding to do graduate work in the field you have chosen. Include a statement concerning 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.

Merit-Based Scholarships

For full consideration for merit-based financial awards, your application must be complete, including all supplemental materials (unofficial transcripts, GRE and TOEFL scores). Nearly all matriculated students receive some level of merit aid. Student loans are also available through our Office of Financial Aid to eligible applicants who submit the FAFSA by April 15. 

Please give your reasons for deciding to do graduate work in the field you have chosen. Include a statement concerning 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.

Admissions Questions

See our frequently asked questions page.