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.

Deadline for Application

Applications for the 2021-2022 Academic Year are due on January 18, 2021. Completed applications must be received by Brown University's Graduate School. 

Applications have closed for the 2021-2022 Academic Year. Applications for the next cohort in AY 2022-23 will open in Fall 2021

Requirements for Admission

Applications for the next academic year are available here.

Students are notified of their admission decision as early as the last week in February

Application Fee Waivers

The application fee is automatically waived for domestic applicants who participate in eligible, University-approved programs. Other applicants may request a fee waiver when submitting their application, 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. All fee waiver information can be found within the program application.

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.

Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required. The Brown University Institution Code is 3094. 

Brown University only accepts GRE scores from testing centers. The GRE At Home exam will not be accepted. Those who experience difficulty in securing a GRE exam for COVID-19 reasons may request a waiver by completing the appropriate form in the application, no later than 14 days before the application deadline. 

Please follow the Brown University Graduate School's instructions for submitting TOEFL scores.

If applicants are unable to take the TOEFL exam, a video option will be offered instead in which one of the following prompts should be briefly answered: 

  • What aspects of the Urban Education Policy Master's program at Brown most interest you?
  • Tell us a little bit about your work and/or teaching experience.
  • Describe why equity in education is important to you. 


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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