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MSP Application Information for New Dual-Degree Applicants

Prospective students may apply to enter the Brown School as an MSW/MSP or MPH/MSP dual-degree student. 

Applicants to the dual-degree must submit separate applications to both programs (i.e. submit both an MSW and MSP application, or an MPH and MSP application), and then be admitted into both. Students admitted into both will receive two admissions offers and, when applicable, two scholarship awards and financial aid packages.

The MSP program is completed in one additional year of study at the Brown School. Students entering as a dual degree student will follow this course sequence:


Adv. Standing MSW (12 months) & MSP

Adv. Standing MSW (16 months) & MSP


Adv. Standing MPH & MSP

Year 1






Year 2






Year 3



MSW (Fall semester)


MPH (Fall semester)

Prospective students applying to the MSW/MSP or MPH/MSP dual-degree program must submit the following documentation for the MSP application:

Academic Transcripts

Applicants are required to demonstrate successful completion of a bachelor’s degree (or degree in-progress*) from a regionally accredited college or university. An academic transcript is required from any institution where 6 or more credit hours have been completed.

Please upload your unofficial transcript(s) to the relevant section of the online application. Scanned student-issued copies or unofficial transcripts must provide the name of the institution, applicant name, dates of attendance, grades received for each course taken in all terms attended, degree conferred and the date of conferral (if applicable), and transcript key or interpretation guide. Failure to upload unofficial copies of transcripts will cause your application to be considered incomplete until transcripts are received by the Brown School Office of Admissions & Recruitment.

*In-Progress transcripts: If you have not completed your bachelor’s degree at the time of application, please provide transcripts showing the work you have completed to date. An admissions decision will be rendered, however any offer of admission is contingent upon successful completion of your degree.

Admitted students are required to provide official transcripts upon accepting their offer of admission.

Official college/university transcripts should be mailed by the issuing institution in an official sealed envelope to the Brown School at the address below. Officially transmitted electronic transcripts are also accepted. Secure electronic delivery of transcripts should be routed to

Note: If coursework for study abroad/AP credit/summer courses is reflected on the transcript from your home academic institution, no additional transcripts are required for those courses.

The Brown School reserves the right to revoke an offer of admission if discrepancies are found between your uploaded unofficial documents and official educational documents.

$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. You'll upload your completed form in the "Certification & Fee Waiver Information" section of the application.

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.

Letter of Recommendation

The MSP application requires you to submit one letter of recommendation from a professional and/or academic colleague. You may elect to use one of the same letters that you submitted for your MSW or MPH application, or you may elect to submit a new recommendation letter. For either option, we recommend submitting a letter that speaks to your interest in pursuing a dual-degree and/or your interest in social policy. If you elect to submit the same letter for your MSP application as the MSW or MPH, your recommender will need to submit it twice, once to your primary degree application, and once to your MSP application.

You will be asked to identify a recommender and their contact information (including email) in the online application portal. Your recommender will receive an email with instructions for completing the recommendation form and uploading a recommendation letter.

Resume or CV

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

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