Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
MPA

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?

  • Summer Sequences will be offered in a hybrid format. Courses are NOT asychronous.
  • Fall Semester onward is to move to a totally 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.

Fall Graduate School Orientation Dates (tentative)

Find updates on the Graduate School website

  • All-Student Orientation: August 31 - September 1, 2021
  • International Orientation: August 25 - 27, 2021
  • Student of Color Orientation: August 29 - 30, 2021


 

MPA Academic Calendar

Sequence

Credit

Course

Orientation 

June 7 - 11, 2021

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Program overview

Summer Sequence 1

June 14 - July 16, 2021

.5 Economics for Public Policy
.5 Statistics for Public Policy

Summer Sequence 2

July 19 - August 20, 2021

.5 Economics of Government Intervention
.5 Statistics for Program Evaluation


Fall Semester

September 8 - December 21, 2021

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

Spring Semester

January 26 - May 20, 2022

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

Commencement May 29, 2022

Classes and sequencing subject to change.