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One-Year MPA Application Checklist

U.S. Applicants International Applicants Brown University Seniors

Transcripts from all
post-secondary education

required required: see below for transcript verification requirement required

Letters of recommendation

3 required

3 required 2 required

Resume

required required required

GRE scores
Brown code: 3094; Department/major field code: 2204
Brown does not accept the at-home verison of the GRE test

optional optional not required

Quantitative resume

optional optional optional

Personal statement

required required required

TOEFL or IELTS scores
TOEFL institution code: 3094
NOT accepted: TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition
More about TOEFL/IELTS on the Brown Graduate School website

not required

required*
*See the Graduate School website for information about qualifying for a waiver.

not required

Important Dates

Early application deadline: December 11, 2020
Decisions released mid-February. Students who know that Brown is a top choice should apply as part of the MPA's early application program. Early application decisions are non-binding.

Regular application deadline: February 1, 2021
Decisions released late March. Students who require a visa to study in the U.S. must apply no later than February 1, 2021. 

Application Fee

The application fee is $100.

Quantitative Resume

The MPA curriculum includes graduate level coursework in economics and statistics. You may submit a quantitative resume summarizing any relevant academic experience in quantitative study. Applicants are encouraged to list quantitative and analytical classes taken with corresponding course descriptions and grades earned. Applicants may also include information about work or volunteer projects that required significant quantitative analysis or use of programming languages such as Stata, SQL, and Python. Sample quantitative resume

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, and if applicable, 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. 

Transcript Verification for International Applicants

With the exception of applicants who have previously attended an institution in Canada, the UK, or Australia, all international applicants must provide verified transcripts if offered admission. Applicants must provide transcripts for all previous institutions attended, and those from institutions not in the countries listed above must be verified. Applicants must use WES for these reports. Please request the course-by-course report. All international applicants must provide verified transcripts after an offer an admission and prior to matriculation into the program.

Admissions Questions

See our frequently asked questions page.

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