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

How will courses be offered?

  • Orientation will be offered remotely.
  • Summer Sequences will be offered in a hybrid format.
  • The plan for Fall Semester onward is to move to an in-person, residential format, subject to change according to federal and state public health guidelines. 
  • The MPA Program will provide updates to students based on guidance from the University. See current 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

September 8 - December 21, 2021

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

Spring Semester

January 26 - May 20, 2022

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

Commencement May 29, 2022

Classes and sequencing subject to change.