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Public Affairs and Public Policy

The A. Alfred Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions offers two graduate degrees: the Master of Public Affairs (MPA) and the Master of Public Policy (MPP).  Each degree is a two year program building on a common core curriculum enhanced by field-area and skill-based coursework.

Program strengths include a dedication to experiential learning, small class sizes, close working relationships with accomplished faculty, and a cooperative atmosphere that encourages each individual’s unique interests and goals. Students may take a range of policy-related electives including law and public policy, economics, health, urban affairs, education, environment, and social welfare.

The MPA degree is designed for students interested in careers in the public, private, and non-profit sectors in leadership, project management, and consultative roles.  Students may elect to concentrate in Non-Profit & NGO Leadership; Public & Cross-Sector Management; Public Advocacy & Communication or develop their own concentration area under the guidance of an advisor.

Core courses include: Institutions & Policy Making; Statistics; Economics & Public Policy; Program Evaluation; Leading & Managing in Public Affairs; Budgeting; Ethics; Regulation & Compliance; a required Internship; and a year-long Capstone project.  Five additional courses round out the concentration core and electives.

The MPP degree is analytically intensive preparing students for careers as researchers and policy analysts.  Core coursework includes: Institutions & Policy Making; Statistics; Economics & Public Policy; Advanced Statistics; Policy Analysis; Organizational Praxis; Budgeting; Social Science Data Technologies; Regulation & Compliance; Ethics, the Internship requirement; and a year-long Capstone project.  Three electives allow students to specialize in a policy field area.

Completion Requirements
M.P.A.: Sixteen courses, including five required core courses (Institutions and Policymaking, Economics and Public Policy, Public Budgeting and Management, Statistics, and Policy Analysis) and three electives in an area of specialization. Electives are taken from the center's seminars plus other methodology, institutions, and policymaking courses offered at Brown.

M.P.P.: Sixteen courses, including eight required courses (five core courses listed above, plus an applied research course, a credit-bearing internship, and a research workshop course) and eight electives.

Admission Information
Admission requirements: a personal statement outlining professional goals and supporting background is required for admission.

GRE General: Required (No other tests may be substituted)
GRE Subject: Not required
Resume: Required
Transcripts: Required

Financial aid: Merit-based scholarships are awarded to both MPP and MPA candidates and are renewed in the second year of study based on successful academic progress.

Application deadline: December 15 for Financial Aid.Rolling applications to May 31 for all others.