Brown School Student Experiences

The breadth and depth of experiences that our students have during their time at the Brown School are unparalleled. Read firsthand from some of our students.

Who is the Typical Brown School Student?

​Choosing the right graduate program is about a lot of things – scholarships and funding, research opportunities, location, academic expectation, etc. You want to know what your life will look like over the next two years. For me, one of the most important parts of my day-to-day life is the people I’m surrounded by. In grad school, that’s even more important because we learn so much from each other in classroom discussions and casual lunch chats. With that in mind, I wanted to answer a question we get fairly often: Who is the typical Brown School Student?  Diversity in Every Area  Brown School students represent pretty much every demographic criteria. We’re all ages, all levels of work experience, and span broad spectrums...

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Meet the Brown School Student Ambassadors

​Greetings from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. We are your Student Ambassador team, and we are here to answer any questions you might have about the application process, the curriculum or life at the Brown School. Read a little about us below.  (Bios below follow photo, from left to right) If you want to schedule a time to chat directly with a student ambassador, please contact We look forward to helping guide you through the graduate school selection and admissions process!  PEIYUAN ZHANG (SHE/HERS) Program: MSW Concentration/Specialization: Health/Research Hometown: Beijing, China About: “My research area of interest is palliative care education, health communication strategies and health policy for rare disease populations. My past direct practice was mainly about providing emotional, informational support...

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Who Should I Ask for Recommendation Letters?

​The Brown School’s MSW and MPH program applications both require three letters of recommendation from professional and/or academic colleagues. For folks currently in school or working with a supervisor they love, the choice in who to ask for these letters may be obvious. For others who have been out of school for awhile or who haven’t had a good supervisor in a few years, it may feel really daunting to ask people to speak on your behalf for an application that is important to you. So,  who should you ask to write your recommendation letters? Someone who knows you … and likes you. While it may seem like a good idea to ask the professor who gave you an “A” in Politics 101 (a...

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