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The early application deadline is December 11, 2020. Students who know that Brown is a top choice should apply early. Decisions for early applicants are released in early February 2021. Early application decisions are non-binding.
The regular application deadline is February 1, 2021. Decisions from this poll are released in mid- to late-March. Due to visa requirements, international applicants should apply by February 1.
Fill out the online application and submit the following:
No, you do not need to request the waiver. The waiver is for other master's programs that require GRE scores. GRE scores are optional for the MPA program this year.
Early application decisions are non-binding.
Allow up to four weeks for scores to transmit from ETS and be uploaded into Brown's system. Please note that GRE scores are optional for this admissions cycle.
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.
In addition to or especially in the absence of GRE scores (optional for the 2020-21 cycle), a quantitative resume gives the admissions committee a sense of an applicant’s quantitative ability and potential. Find guidance and a sample quantitative resume here.
Yes, the program offers merit-based funding. A decision about funding start with a student's admission file. For full consideration for merit-based financial awards, the application must be complete, including all supplemental materials (unofficial transcripts, TOEFL scores, and if applicable, GRE scores). There isn't any additional paperwork to fill out. Nearly all 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.
There are no academic prerequisites. However, prior exposure to courses in economics and statistics are of great benefit to incoming students. Work experience is not required to apply, although many incoming students have two or more years of work experience.
Each application is assessed holistically: In addition to GRE scores (optional for students applying to matriculate June 2021), the other requirements to apply — the essay, recommendations, transcripts, and resume — all factor into whether a student is considered suitable for admission.
Brown’s MPA program is an accelerated, full-time program. Normally residential, the program is available remotely to students during academic year 2020-2021 due to the coronavirus. A determination about academic year 2021-2022 has not yet been made. Decisions about remote vs. in-person learning will be made based on federal and state guidelines. For up-to-date information about Brown University's response to the coronavirus, see https://healthy.brown.edu/.
No. All students must begin the program early June due to sequential and accelerated nature of the program.
Due to visa requirements, international applicants should submit all application materials by February 1, 2021.
The minimum score for admission consideration is 100 on the Internet-based test. For IELTS, the minimum overall band score is 7.
With the exception of applicants who have previously attended an institution in Canada, the UK, or Australia, all international applicants must provide verified transcripts after an offer an admission and prior to matriculation into the program. Applicants must provide transcripts for all previous institutions attended, and those from institutions not in the countries listed above must be verified. Applicants should use WES for these reports. Please request the course-by-course report.
Yes, we accept applicants who receive a bachelor’s degree through an accredited college or university with a three-year bachelor’s program.
Decisions for early applicants are released in early February 2021. Applicants who meet the regular deadline will be notified in mid-March. While we make every effort to adhere to release dates, delays may occur. Early applicants may be added to the regular application pool and be notified of a decision in March.
No, it is not possible to add or delete materials to your application file after you have submitted your application.
It can take four or more weeks for scores to transmit from ETS and to be uploaded into the Graduate School application system. It is best to order your scores to be sent to Brown well before the application deadline. If it has been more than one month since you ordered your scores, contact ETS and verify that the scores were transmitted properly to Brown’s Graduate School. For GRE scores, Brown’s code is 3094 and the department/major field code is 2204. The TOEFL code for Brown is 3094.
If you earned a bachelor's degree from an English-speaking institution, most likely you qualify for a TOEFL/IELTS waiver. Waivers are granted within the application system.
Official transcripts are required upon matriculation into the program and are due only after a student has officially enrolled in the program.