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Education: Urban Education Policy

The Department of Education offers a 12–month program to prepare students for a variety of professional careers and/or advanced study involving policy analysis, planning and development in urban public education.

The program integrates research, theory and practice to provide students with foundational concepts and core skills in such areas as data analysis and data-based decision making, economic theory and its application in the realm of urban education policy analysis, urban politics and education, human development in an urban education context, and urban demographics.

The academic coursework is grounded in practice and is complemented by a concurrent nine-month internship in a local urban education policy setting. The program draws heavily on the urban education policy expertise of the faculty in the Education Department and the Annenberg Institute for School Reform. Collaborations with the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America, the Policy Lab, the Swearer Center, and other academic departments at Brown augment the practical and interdisciplinary aspects of the program.

Admission Requirements

Please note that the following requirements are for the previous application cycle and will be updated in late Summer 2021.

  • GRE General: Required; the GRE General Test at home version is accepted
  • GRE Subject: Not required
  • Personal Statement: 1000 word personal statement that gives your reasons to pursue graduate work in the field of your study. The statement should include examples of your past work in your chosen field, your plans for study at Brown, issues and problems you'd like to address in your field and your professional goals.
  • Recommendations: Three (3) recommendations required
  • Resume: Required
  • TOEFL/IELTS: Required for any non-native English speaker who does not have a degree from an institution where English is the sole language of instruction or from a University in the following countries: Australia, Bahamas, Botswana, Cameroon, Canada (except Quebec), Ethiopia, Ghana, Ireland, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, New Zealand, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, Tanzania, Gambia, Uganda, United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales), West Indies, Zambia).

The TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition and the IELTS Indicator exam are accepted. Students from mainland China may submit the TOEFL ITP Plus exam.

TOEFL/IELTS can be waived for COVID-19 related reasons. Those who experience difficulty may request a waiver by completing the appropriate form in the application.

If you have any questions regarding the application process for this program, please email [email protected].

Application Deadline: January 19, 2022 for June 2022 entry. Brown undergraduates may apply as a fifth-year master’s student through May 1, 2022.

Tuition and Scholarships

  • Tuition: $7,618 per course; 9 courses in one year
  • Scholarships: Available. More information can be found on the Department of Education website. International students are eligible for scholarships.

A.M. Completion Requirements

The program is one year in duration (twelve months) and consists of nine courses: seven required core courses, and two elective courses.

One of the seven required courses is the nine-month policy internship which serves as a key feature of the program.

The required courses are in the areas of quantitative research methods and data analysis; education policy analysis; urban politics and urban education policy; economics of education; education systems and structures; qualitative research methods; and the nine-month internship.

The elective component of the curriculum allows students to either to gain a greater depth of training in a core area or to broaden their graduate experience by seeking coursework in areas that are related to, but not directly covered by the core courses in the program.

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Department Chair: John Papay

Director of Urban Education Policy: Kenneth K. Wong