Department of Education

How to Apply

We seek candidates for admission to the Urban Education Policy master's program who combine an interest in education policy issues with a high motivation to be successful in a rigorous and fast-paced master's program.

Students from a variety of backgrounds and fields of study are welcome to apply. Our admissions committee evaluates each candidate based on several considerations including a personal statement, official academic transcript, letters of recommendation, community activities, relevant job experience, extra-curricular activities, GRE scores, and other factors brought to our attention in the application process.

Requirements for Admission

The application deadline for our graduate programs is January 18, 2022.

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Application Fee Waivers

1) The Application Fee is automatically waived for:

  • Active duty U.S. Military personnel, as well as U.S. Military veterans. Please be sure to list your status within the application.
  • Domestic or international applicants who are members/alumni of certain programs listed within the application.

2) If you would like to request an Application Fee Waiver based on high-financial need:

Application fee waiver requests can be found within the application and will be considered if they are accompanied by documentation of need. The fee waiver request form must be submitted no later than three days before the application deadline. Applicants will be notified by email regarding the outcome of their request and should not submit their application until receiving notification about their waiver.

The following documents will be accepted as a demonstration of need:

  • Financial aid package (for current students or recent alumni);
  • FAFSA showing EFC;
  • Unemployment statement verification from the last 90 days; or
  • GRE or TOEFL fee reduction voucher

All students, including U.S. citizens and international students, are eligible for application fee waivers.

Unofficial transcripts of all prior academic coursework at higher education institutions must be submitted with applications. Official transcripts are required prior to matriculation. 

Three (3) letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with your academic and/or professional potential.

No more than 3-5 double-spaced pages that speaks to your passion for the field of urban education policy.

The GRE is required for Urban Education Policy (A.M.) program. The Brown University Institution Code is 3094

While Brown recognizes the difficulties that standardized tests may pose for applicants during this time, we encourage all applicants to review our updated policy here. We now accept both the in-person and at-home versions of the GRE. Given the choice of in-person or at-home testing options, Brown strongly encourages applicants to submit official scores for programs when asked.

If you are unable to take the GRE due to significant financial or other hardship(s), please write to the Master's Study Enrollment Team with a brief explanation of your situation and we will determine your eligibility for a waiver request.

All international applicants whose native language is not English must submit an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score. Please follow the Brown University Graduate School's instructions for submitting these scores.


There are no additional forms that need to be completed for scholarships. Scholarships are awarded based on the strength and competitiveness of your application. For more information, visit the Cost and Financial Aid page.

Students seeking federal loans need to apply through the Federal Student Aid website

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