Brown University
Public Policy

Master of Public Affairs (MPA)

at the Watson Institute

Did you know Brown offers a one-year MPA at the Watson Institute?

The Master of Public Affairs (MPA) at the Watson Institute is an exciting one-year (June to May) program with an emphasis on analytical skills, global policy, and field experience. Students will learn key skills including policy analysis, writing, communication, evaluation, and how to translate their ideas for change into reality.


Develop the problem-solving, communication, and strategic leadership skills you need to tackle societal challenges.


Gain the tools to apply data analytics to complex, real-world challenges — with the option to pursue evidence-based, data-driven policy as a specialization.


Explore the political, economic, social, and cultural dynamics affecting the world’s nations and international organizations through exposure to high-level government officials, nonprofit leaders, and business representatives at sites around the globe.


Deepen your knowledge through an action-learning consultancy related to your career interests.

Learn more about the MPA Program >>