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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. 

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.
  • 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

More information will be coming soon regarding proficiency exams for the fall 2021 cohort.