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Apply for the Master of Social Policy Dual-Degree Program

Current Brown School students and students in select partner programs are eligible to apply to the Brown School’s MSP dual-degree program.

Brown School students in MSW or MPH programs and students in select Master's degree programs at the following universities are eligible to apply:

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

If you have questions about your eligibility for the MSP program, please email

The application to the Brown School's MSP program in Fall 2020 will open in September. 

Applications are accepted on a modified rolling basis; however, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early.To receive priority consideration for admission and scholarship awards, please apply by one of our priority deadlines. Learn more about our Application Timeline and Deadlines.

Application Instructions

Please review the following instructions prior to beginning your application. Then, you can visit the Brown School Admissions Portal to create an account and access the application (link to portal will be available once application launches).

You may work on and view your application from any computer with internet access. It is not necessary to complete the application in one session.

The Brown School promotes a self-managed application process; the applicant is responsible for the timely submission of all required materials. We will review your file once you submit your completed application online and all of the following supporting documents have been received.

Click on each type of supporting document to learn more.


Upload your unofficial transcript from your current degree program (i.e. Brown School MSW or MPH program; global partner MA 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.

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.

Current Brown School: Your reference must be provided by a current Brown School faculty member who can speak to your academic performance and potential.

Global Partner Universities: Your reference must be provided by a university instructor who can speak to your academic performance and potential.

Resume or CV

Please refer to the additional instructions provided if you are an applicant form a global partner program or an MSW Student with Advanced Standing Status.

Washington University encourages and gives full consideration to all applicants for admission, financial aid, and employment. The University does not discriminate in access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, veteran status, or disability. Inquiries about compliance should be addressed to the University's Executive Director of Human Resources, Washington University in St. Louis, Campus Box 1184, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130-4899, (314) 935-5990.