Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

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

3 required

2 required


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


The application portal will open in September 2018

Early Application Deadline – December 14, 2018 

Students who know that Brown is a top choice should apply as part of the MPA's early application program. Decisions released early February 2019. Early application decisions are non-binding.

Regular Application Deadline – February 22, 2019

Decisions released late March 2019.
Note: Students who require a visa to study in the U.S. must apply by the regular application deadline.

Application Fee

The application fee is $75.

Personal Statement

Your statement should outline why you have decided to pursue graduate work. 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. Your statement should be 600-800 words in length.

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). There is no additional paperwork required. Most 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.