Graduate Programs

Education: Urban Education Policy

Brown’s immersive, year-long program in Urban Education Policy (UEP) is dedicated to the study of policy analysis, planning, implementation, and development in urban public education systems.

Brown’s immersive, year-long program in Urban Education Policy (UEP) is dedicated to the study of policy analysis, planning, implementation, and development in urban public education systems.

The tightly focused academic curriculum, integrated with a nine-month internship, is designed to impart a set of core skills and competencies that are necessary for successful careers and/or advanced study in urban education policy. The UEP program integrates research, theory, and practice to provide students with foundational concepts and core skills in areas such as urban school governance, race and democracy, program evaluation, data analysis and data-based decision-making, economic analysis, community assets and needs assessment, and strategic and organizational management.

The program draws 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 Swearer Center, and other academic departments at Brown augment the practical and interdisciplinary aspects of the program.

Part-Time Study

A partnership between Brown University and Teach for America Rhode Island allows corps members to enroll part-time in UEP while teaching in Rhode Island. An additional limited number of students may enroll in the program on a part-time basis. Applicants must include a brief statement with their application indicating why they are requesting part-time study. Learn more about part-time study here.

Application Information

If you have any questions regarding the application process for this program, please email

Application Requirements

GRE Subject:

Not required

GRE General:

Not required for the 2023-24 application to the Urban Education Policy Program. Applicants may submit optional GRE scores to be considered. To do so, be sure to request official GRE scores to be sent to Brown University.


Brown University requires some international applicants to submit an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score. Please see the Graduate School's website for more information.

Official Transcripts:

Required. All applicants may upload unofficial transcripts for application submission. Official transcripts are ONLY required for enrolling students before class start. An international transcript evaluation (WES, ECE, or SpanTran) is required for degrees from non-U.S. institutions before enrollment.

Letters of Recommendations:

Three (3) recommendations required; two (2) recommendations for current Brown undergraduates (5th-year applicants).

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.



Additional Requirements:

In no more than 200 words, please comment on your training, policy, research, and/or management experience in using any type of data, both qualitative and quantitative.


Application Deadline

5th Year Deadline

Tuition and Funding

Completion Requirements

The program may be completed in one year on a full-time basis or two years on a part-time basis. Students are required to complete nine courses: one elective course and eight core courses, which includes a nine-month internship that counts as one course. Brown University 5th-Year students will complete eight courses in one year, and Teach for America Rhode Island Corps Members will complete eight courses over two years. 

The required courses are in the areas of urban education policy – system and governance; race and democracy; policy analysis and program evaluation; education inequality and community assets; quantitative research methods and data analysis; economic analysis of education policy; and strategic management of school organization. One of the required courses is the nine-month internship, which serves as a key feature of the program.

The elective component of the curriculum allows students to either gain a greater depth of training in a core area or 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
Tracy Steffes
Director of Urban Education Policy
Kenneth K. Wong

Contact and Location

Department of Education

Mailing Address

Brown University
Box 1938
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