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Proficiency Exams

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

Due to COVID-19-related limitations, proficiency exams will be issued and proctored in an online from July 8-August 2, 2020. Students must pre-register for exams by following the registration link below.

MSW Proficiency Exams

MPH Proficiency Exams

MSP 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

You'll register online for Proficiency Exams. After registering, you'll receive a confirmation email with additional details.


Proficiency Exams will not be available online until July 8, 2020, and they'll continue to be available until August 2, 2020. On July 8, registrants will receive an email announcing that the exams are available.