Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Currently we are accepting applications only from Brown seniors, or 5th-Year applicants. The application deadline for Brown seniors is May 1, 2019.

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: 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

required for applicants who
earned a bachelor's degree at a
non-English-speaking institution
more information

not required

Deadline to apply

March 25, 2019

February 22, 2019 if a visa is required

May 1, 2019


Regular Application Deadline – February 22, 2019

Decisions released late March 2019.
Rolling admissions until March 25, 2019
Note: Students who require a visa to study in the U.S. must apply no later than 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. 

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.