Master of Social Policy | Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis
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The MSP dual-degree builds critical advanced skills and knowledge for the next generation of leaders to advance equity through policy.

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Learn to leverage the power of policy.

The next generation of global leaders must understand the substance of social issues as well as how to design, manage and evaluate social policy. The Master of Social Policy dual-degree program enriches your training with advanced knowledge and skills in social policy analysis, evaluation, management and leadership.

A 31-credit program, MSP coursework can be completed in one academic year, and concludes with a full-time internship working in a policy-setting. The program is open to applicants who meet select eligibility criteria, which are listed on the MSP Application Information page. 


Master of Social Policy

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Our curriculum is designed to help you develop the skills and experience necessary to advance social and health equity, and to develop and implement innovative policy approaches.

The Master of Social Policy dual-degree program involves 31 new credit hours completed over one year at the Brown School, along with 12 credit hours applied from your additional master’s-level program.

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Following their courses, students complete a full-time internship, selecting placements from a variety of leading non-profit organizations, government agencies, policy think tanks or legislative offices. Opportunities exist Washington D.C., St. Louis, and other global locations. The internship provides an opportunity to put knowledge into action through significant policy work and opportunities.

Students spend 12 months at the Brown School completing their MSP studies. Your estimated expenses for the year are as follows:

Tuition & Fees

MSP Tuition*

$21,305 Fall Semester
$21,305 Spring Semester
$4,260 Summer Internship

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*Costs are based on the tuition rate for 2018-19. Tuition is subject to an annual increase.

The Brown School offers generous merit-based as well as need-based financial aid.

Students typically cover their educational expenses through a combination of scholarships from the Brown School and external organizations, Brown School Fellowships, Federal Work-Study*, part-time employment, federal student loans* and out-of-pocket payments.

*Available to U.S. citizens

For more information on tuition and expenses, housing, and financial aid, please reach out to

Our welcoming, student-centered community will guide you in your academic, personal and professional growth, and we are dedicated to connecting each student with the resources they need to thrive.

An Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Equity fosters an inclusive environment and promotes dialogue among all students. Our Communication Lab and Stat Lab offer support in critical areas of your academic work. The innovative Career Services team prepares you to navigate the job market successfully with one-on-one coaching, specialized workshops and networking events. In addition, our advising system ensures you have faculty and administrative guidance throughout your program.

Students can also take advantage of programming specific to the MSP program, including lunch seminars, policy-related speakers, as well as social events to build community within the MSP cohort and introduce new students to the St. Louis area.

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Brown School considers each applicant holistically. Our students come from a wide variety of academic backgrounds. Although we welcome students with an undergraduate degree in social work, it is not a requirement for the MSW program. Admissions and scholarship decisions are based primarily on a review of the following:

  • Commitment to the mission of the Brown School
  • Undergraduate GPA
  • Additional academic work
  • Specialized training relevant to the program
  • Human service-related experience
  • Leadership experience or potential
  • Ability to think critically
  • Recommendations from academic and professional references

The MSP program is open to applicants who meet certain eligibility requirements. Learn more about these requirements and application specifics at the link below.

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MSP alum Ivy Huang

“The dialogue between faculty and students was so helpful to learning as were the special opportunities for growth, like the Clark-Fox Graduate Policy Scholars Program. I’m excited and prepared to begin my Washington D.C. internship with Rep. Debbie Wasserman Shultz.”

—Shuqin Yu, MSP ’18

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