Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
MPA

Application Materials

The application for admission to the class of 2019 will open on September 1. 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:

  • Transcripts from all post-secondary education
  • 3 letters of recommendation (at least one academic)
  • Resume
  • GRE scores
  • Application essay: a personal narrative on your passion for making a difference and how you envision that fits with Brown's MPA program
  • International students not having completed schooling in US are also required to take the TOEFL exam. The code for Brown is 3094 and the program code is 2204.

Application Materials for Brown Undergraduates and 5th-Year Applicants

  • Online application 
  • Transcripts from all post-secondary education
  • 2 letters of recommendation (at least one academic)
  • Resume
  • Application essay: a personal narrative on your passion for making a difference and how you envision that fits with Brown's MPA program
  • GRE not required, application fee waived
  • Final application deadline for Brown seniors: May 1, 2018.

Deadlines

Early Application Deadline – December 18, 2017 

Students who know that Brown is their number-one choice and are committed to accepting our offer of admission should apply as part of the MPA's early application program. Early applicants will have their $100 application fee waived.

Regular Application Deadline – February 23, 2018

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. 

Admissions Questions

See our frequently asked questions page.