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Application Checklist

Applicants must complete the online application and submit the following:

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


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

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

not required

Important Dates

Early application deadline: December 13, 2019
Decisions released mid-February. Students who know that Brown is a top choice should apply as part of the MPA's early application program. Decisions released early February 2020. Early application decisions are non-binding.

Regular application deadline: February 21, 2020
Decisions released late March. Students who require a visa to study in the U.S. must apply no later than February 21, 2020.

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. 

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 before they can be offered admission by the Graduate School. Applicants must provide transcripts for all previous institutions attended, and those from institutions not in the countries listed above must be verified. Applicants may use CertiFile or WES for these reports. Please request the course-by-course report. Only after receipt of these materials can applicants be offered admission by the Graduate School.

Admissions Questions

See our frequently asked questions page.