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We’re educating the next generation of leaders in global social policy.

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Learn to leverage the power of policy change.

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 combines training in a specific discipline with knowledge and skills in social policy analysis, evaluation, management and leadership.

This program is open to students enrolled in select master’s degree programs from six universities in China: East China University for Sciences and Technology, Fudan University, Nankai University, Peking University, Renmin University of China, and Xi’an Jiaotong University. (See Program Eligibility tab below for details.)

Students from Chinese partner universities: Review the information found below. If you have any questions, please contact MSP Program Coordinator Linyun Fu at

NOTE: The Brown School is also opening the program application to second-year Master of Social Work and Master of Public Health students for fall 2018 matriculation. Please visit Inside Brown if you are currently enrolled at the Brown School and interested in finding out more about this opportunity.


Master of Social Policy

Tuition &
Living Expenses

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

The Master of Social Policy dual-degree program involves 31 credit hours of coursework at Washington University’s Brown School and 12 credit hours transferred from your Chinese university. Upon completion of both degrees, you will earn a master’s degree from your Chinese university, as well as a Master of Social Policy from Washington University in St. Louis.

For the Master of Social Policy, you will study in-residence at the Brown School for 12 months.

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Master of Social Policy dual-degree students spend 12 months in residence at the Brown School. Your estimated expenses for the year in St. Louis, as well as for additional Brown School coursework taken in China, are as follows:

Tuition & Fees

MSP Tuition (2017-18 academic year)

$19,984 Fall Semester
$19,984 Spring Semester
$3,996 Summer Internship

Student Health Fees


Student Activity Fee


Costs are based on the tuition rate for 2017-18. Tuition is subject to an annual increase.

During your visa application process, you’ll be required to document your ability to fund annual living expenses of $21,950. However, your actual living expenses may be somewhat lower.

Living Expenses (Estimated)

Room and Board


Books and Supplies




Two housing options have been arranged for MSP students.

  • 2 bed/2 bath: $750/month per person
  • Studio/1 bath: $884/month

Both options are convenient, fully-furnished apartments close to the Washington University campus. The monthly rent includes all utilities.

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.

MSP students can also take advantage of programming specific to the MSP program, including MSP lunch seminars to introduce you to the research and practice of Brown School faculty, as well as cultural programming, such as apple picking, bowling, or language exchange.

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We welcome applications from those who seek to make significant positive change in the world. At the following collaborating universities, students from certain master's-level degree programs are eligible to apply:

East China University for Sciences and Technology, School of Social and Public Administration: all master's programs.

Fudan University, School of Social Development and Public Policy: all master's programs.

Nankai University, The Zhou Enlai School of Government: all master's programs.

Peking University, Department of Sociology: all master's programs.

Renmin University of China, School of Public Administration and Policy: all master's programs.

Renmin University of China, School of Sociology and Population Studies: sociology; anthropology; social work; social psychology; population studies; population, resources and environmental economics; gerontology; and social medicine.

Xi’an Jiaotong University, School of Humanities and Social Sciences: social work and sociology.

Students who fulfill program eligibility requirements can visit the Brown School Admissions Portal to create an account and begin their application. We will review your application file once you have submitted the application and all of the following supporting documents have been received:

  • A personal statement
  • A comprehensive resume or CV
  • Academic transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • Demonstration of English proficiency (TOEFL score no less than 94 or IELTS score no less than 7)

We also reserve the right to interview students via Skype, etc.

Institutions are required by U.S. federal immigration laws to obtain certification that international students have adequate financial resources to provide for their expenses while attending school. If admitted to the program, international students must provide a Declaration and Certification of Finances Form and supporting documents as evidence of support to cover educational and living expenses for the academic year. This documentation will be required to accept any offer of admission and initiate the appropriate immigration and visa process.

Please visit the website for Washington University’s Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS) for additional resources for international students.

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MSP alum Ivy Huang

“I learned so much from my faculty and fellow Brown School students. I’m so grateful to everyone who has taught me what diversity, acceptance, empowerment and participation truly mean.”

Ivy is finishing a Dual degree in sociology at Renmin University in beijing.

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