Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

One-Year MPA Program Schedule

See the course descriptions page for more information about required courses.

Academic Year 2021-2022

Brown University's Master of Public Affairs program begins in early June each year and runs through May the following year. Due to the unpredictable nature of the ongoing public health emergency, Brown University's academic calendar for the fall 2021 and spring 2022 semesters has not yet been determined. 

See detailed information about the University's response to COVID-19 at healthy.brown.edu.

Sequence Course


June 7 - 11, 2021

Program overview

Summer Sequence 1

June 14 - July 16, 2021

Economics for Public Policy
Statistics for Public Policy

Summer Sequence 2

July 19 - August 20, 2021

Economics of Government Intervention
Statistics for Program Evaluation

Fall Semester

Dates to be announced

Policy Analysis and Problem Solving
The Politics of Policymaking in Comparative Perspective
Elective 1
Elective 2

Spring Semester

Dates to be announced

Policy Problems of the 21st Century
Management, Implementation, and System Dynamics in Public and Nonprofit Organizations
Policy-In-Action Consultancy
Elective 3

Classes and sequencing subject to change.