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MSP Paired-Degree Program Application Information 

Students who have previously earned a graduate or professional degree are eligible to pursue the MSP Paired-Degree Program. 

The MSP Paired-Degree Program is a one-year, 43 credit hour course of study. 31 credits are completed at the Brown School. The remaining 12 credits must be transferred in ("paired") from your previously conferred graduate-level degree. A range of graduate and professional degrees are eligible to be paired with the MSP, and must be conferred by a regionally accredited U.S. academic institution. You can learn more about the pairing process below, in the section labeled "Paired Program Credit Request Form."

Prospective students applying to the MSP Paired-Degree program must submit the following documentation as part of their application:

Academic Transcript

Applicants are required to demonstrate successful completion of a bachelor’s degree and graduate or professional degree from regionally accredited colleges or universities. 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.

Admitted students are required to provide official transcripts for both undergraduate and graduate degrees 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.

Paired Program Credit Request Form

The Paired Program Credit Request form outlines the process to propose 12 credits worth of your previous graduate degree to be paired into your MSP coursework. application fee can be paid by credit card in the online application.

Please download the MSP Paired Program Credit Request Form, read the policy and requirements, and gather required supporting documentation.

You will be required to upload the completed form and supporting documentation after you submit your MSP application. Once your MSP application is submitted, log into your Brown Admissions Portal, select "Application Summary," and follow instructions to upload the MSP Paired Credit Request Form.

$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 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

Submit a recommendation from an academic or professional reference who can speak to your academic performance and potential for success in the MSP program.

Resume or CV

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

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