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Proficiency Exams

The Brown School offers proficiency examinations for select foundation courses in the MSW and MPH programs.

Proficiency exams do not offer course credit toward your degree; however, passing an exam will exempt you from taking the associated Foundation course, therefore allowing the credits to be satisfied with an approved elective course. 

There are advantages to taking proficiency exams before course registration opens on June 19; however, there will be additional opportunities to take exams throughout July, August and at New Student Orientation.

MSW Proficiency Exams

MPH Proficiency Exams

Proficiency Exam Policies

  • Students must confirm their intent to enroll and submit their non-refundable $200 advance-tuition deposit to be eligible to take proficiency exams.
  • Students are encouraged to take any available proficiency exam in which they have background knowledge or prior coursework. If passed, the associated course will be waived and the student will replace those credits with an elective later in the program. 
  • Each proficiency exam may be taken only once. If you believe you will be better prepared to take an exam in August than March, we encourage you to wait until the later test date. 
  • Students are notified of their exam results within 10 days of taking the exam.
  • Study guides are not provided for proficiency exams. Students are encouraged to review the course overviews for an understanding of what each exam will cover.

Registering for Proficiency Exams

Students may register to take a proficiency exam in one of two capacities.

I. Select Dates Throughout Spring & Summer

Students may take proficiency exams by visiting campus on select Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays throughout summer. 

To register to take your proficiency exams during one of the following dates, please complete this form

When you visit the Brown School to take your exams, you may choose to partake in other campus visit activites (e.g. tour of the School, meeting with a current student, meeting with an admissions representative, etc). If this is of interest to you, please indicate as such in the form. 


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II. Admitted Students Weekend (April 6, 2018)

Proficiency exams were offered on Friday, April 6, before official Admitted Students Weekend programming began. Students who took exams at Admitted Students Weekend will be notified of the results via email in April 2018.

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