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MSP Applicants from Global Partner Programs

Students at select Global Partner Programs are eligible to apply to the Brown School's MSP program. 

Students in select Master's degree programs at the following universities are eligible to apply:

  • East China University for Sciences and Technology
  • Fudan University
  • Hebrew University
  • Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Nankai University
  • Peking University
  • Renmin University of China
  • Xi'an Jiaotong University

Applicants to the MSP program from Global Partner Programs must submit the following documentation as part of their application:

Transcript & Transcript Translation

Upload your unofficial transcript from your current MA degree program to the relevant section of the online application.

Unofficial transcripts must provide the name of the institution, applicant name, dates of attendance, grades received for each course taken in all terms attended, and transcript key or interpretation guide.

If your educational documentation is not in English, you must also provide a certified word-for-word English translation.

We will also accept foreign credential evaluation reports from a NACES® member organization such as Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE), Foundation for International Services (FIS), or World Education Services (WES).

Resume or CV

Submit a comprehensive resume or curriculum vitae highlighting your experiences, skills, awards and accomplishments.

$50 Non-Refundable Application Fee

The application fee can be paid by credit card in the online application. (Visa, MasterCard and Discover are accepted.)

MSP application fee waivers are available for applicants meeting specific criteria: Active duty, reservist or veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces; applicant of American Indian or Alaska Native descent; member of national service volunteer service-based agency or organization; member of academic pipeline to post-baccalaureate outreach program; applicants with demonstrated financial hardship.

If you are eligible to request an application fee waiver, please download the MSP Application Fee Waiver Request Form and gather required supporting documentation.

Personal Statement

Submit a short essay (approximately 500 words) that discusses significant factors influencing your decision to pursue the Master of Social Policy dual-degree. Your statement should speak to your specific interests in social policy and include any rewarding or challenging experiences involving social welfare policy and/or advocacy. Include how this degree will amplify your professional work.

Faculty Reference

One faculty recommendation must be received via the application reference form.

Applicants from global partner programs must provide a reference letter from a university instructor who can speak to your academic performance and potential.

Demonstration of English Proficiency

International students are required to provide proof of language proficiency. Preferred standard testing options are the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS). Test scores are valid for two years. Applicants who are unable to access the TOEFL iBT or IELTS due pandemic-related causes may utilize the the TOEFL iBT Home Edition, the TOEFL ITP Plus for China or the Duolingo English Test.

Minimum scores:

TOEFL iBT - Preferred: 100; Required: 90

IELTS - Preferred: 7.0; Required: 6.5

TOEFL ITP Plus for China - Required: 600 (with Vericant video)

TOEFL iBT Home Edition - Preferred: 100; Required: 90

Duolingo English Test - Required: 115

Applicants meeting all other criteria for admission but scoring below the preferred English proficiency scores may be required to complete a language assessment interview.

Please self-report your test scores in the relevant section of the online application; official scores must be verified by the testing agency before your application can be considered complete.

Washington University’s TOEFL code is 6929; dept. 95.

Exemption from this requirement applies to the following:

  • International applicants whose native language is English. Native language is defined as the language one grew up speaking in one’s family, community and nation. We will grant a waiver to citizens of the following countries: Australia, Cameroon, Commonwealth Caribbean nations, Ghana, India, Ireland, Kenya, Liberia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Singapore, United Kingdom and Zimbabwe.
  • International applicants who have studied in full-time undergraduate status for three years or more in an English-medium academic program in any of the above countries, or in Canada, Hong Kong, South Africa or the United States.

Note: Students who have studied in English in other countries are not exempt from the English language proficiency requirement.

The Brown School may require a language proficiency interview with students via Skype, etc.

Proof of Financial Support

U.S. federal immigration laws require institutions to obtain certification that international students have adequate financial resources to provide for their expenses while attending school. If admitted to the program, international students must provide a Declaration and Certification of Finances Form and supporting documents as evidence of support to cover educational and living expenses for the academic year. This documentation will be required to accept any offer of admission and initiate the appropriate immigration and visa process.

Please visit the website for Washington University’s Office of International Students & Scholars (OISS) for additional resources for international students.

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