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Brown School

Washington University in St. Louis
St. Louis, MO


Details at a Glance

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Degrees Offered

Master of Social Work
Master of Public Health
Master of Social Work/Master of Public Health dual-degree
Master of Social Policy dual-degree (multiple options)

Our Program

Our vision is to create positive social change through our path-breaking research and educational excellence.

The Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis fosters leadership in social work, public health and social policy. The School is committed to driving health, racial, social and economic equity. We welcome applications from those who are interested in making a significant, positive impact. 

Our Master of Social Work (MSW) program prepares students for micro-, mezzo- and macro-approaches to impact. Extensive course offerings and ten concentrations—including the option to individualize—allow students to tailor curriculum to their professional interests. Coursework emphasizes evidence-based practice within an anti-oppression framework.

Our Master of Public Health (MPH) curriculum emphasizes transdisciplinary problem solving, and prepares students to strategically collaborate across disciplines to address pressing public health issues. Additional coursework prepares students in areas including epidemiology, global health, maternal health, health policy, urban design, social determinants of health, as well as skills in analytical software such as GIS and SAS.

Students may earn an MSW/MPH dual-degree. Students in the MSW/MPH program pursue a three-year course of study on the intersection of social and environmental risk. 

The Brown School also offers a Master of Social Policy (MSP) dual degree. Students pursuing an MSW or MPH may add an additional year of social policy coursework, where they learn how policy can be leveraged in order to advance social, health and economic equity. Students in the social policy dual-degree program graduate with two degrees from the Brown School, an MSW/MSP or MPH/MSP.

Students benefit from extensive fieldwork opportunities with Brown’s 400+ partner sites, locally, nationally and internationally. Additional student supports include an 11:1 student to faculty ratio; an Office of Diversity Inclusion & Equity; Offices of Career Services and Financial Aid; and a three-tiered advising system.

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    Personal Statement
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    3 Letters of Recommendation
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    Analytical Essay for MSW application
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    Unofficial academic transcripts for MSW and MSP applications
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    Official academic transcript for MPH application

Additional Requirements

The application for the Brown School’s Master of Public Health program is available online through the centralized Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS). The SOPHAS application fee is $135 for one school or program. Any additional schools or programs you choose to apply to through SOPHAS will cost $50 per designation. SOPHAS accepts credit card payments only.

The Brown School is not able to directly provide application fee waivers for the SOPHAS application, however we encourage applicants to review the SOPHAS Fee Assistance Program to determine their eligibility for a financial- or service-based fee waiver.

Application Deadline

Priority Consideration: December 15

Regular Decision: March 1

Rolling Admissions: After March 1

Student Body


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    Dedicated Diversity Office

Tuition & Financial Aid

Additional Information

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    Work-study Programs Available
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    Financial Aid Available
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    Application Fee Waivers Available