Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
MPA

5th-Year Master of Public Affairs for Brown Undergraduates

Brown University undergraduates have the opportunity spend a fifth year at Brown to earn a Master of Public Affairs degree. The 5th-year MPA is an efficient way to gain the analytic, communication, and problem-solving skills desired by employers in the public policy sector.

Brown's MPA students have graduated to exciting careers in nonprofit organizations, consulting firms, social policy organizations, state and local government, and federal agencies.

See our Admissions Events page for upcoming information sessions.


Curriculum

Unique features of the Brown MPA include:

  • Condensed June-May schedule allows students to gain hard skills and professional experience in just one year.
  • A professional consultancy where students use the tools they gained in class at a policy organization aligned with their career interests.
  • A global policy experience studying policy and meeting high-level policy actors at an international site.
  • Statistics and economics courses are integrated, using the same research and data sets to explore policy topics.

Pathway A: Tuition Savings with Approved Electives

Brown 5th-year students choose between two pathways to earn the MPA degree:

  • Pathway A
    Complete a total of 11 courses: 10 required courses + 1 elective course
    Students to count up to 2 electives (with approval of the Master of Public Affairs Program Director) toward the electives of the MPA degree. Pathway A reduces tuition by $6,529 per course (or a total of $13,058 for two courses, based on 2017-18 tuition). Pathway A students are required to take all 10 core MPA courses and are not are not eligible to pursue the Data-Driven Policy Track because they are permitted to take only one elective.
  • Pathway B (the standard one-year program)
    Complete a total of 13 courses: 10 required courses + 3 elective courses

    Students pay the regular tuition, and can explore a policy specialization through their three electives.

Application Process and Materials:

  • Open to students from any undergraduate concentration; apply during senior year.
  • GRE requirement and application fee waived for Brown student applicants.
  • Final deadline for Brown seniors to submit their application is May 1, 2020.
  • Students interested in receiving merit aid are strongly encouraged to apply by the regular application deadline, February 21, 2020.

Required Materials for Brown 5th-Year Applicants

  • Unofficial transcript from Brown
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Resume
  • Personal statement outlining why you have decided to pursue graduate work (600-800 words).
  • Important: when you start your application, under Program Choice, Brown seniors should select #4, 5th-Year Masters. See screen shot below.

 

Questions about the 5th-year MPA? Attend one of our information sessions, or schedule an admissions appointment by emailing us at watsonmpa@brown.edu.