Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis Washington University in St. Louis

Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis Washington University in St. Louis

St. Louis, MO
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
March 1
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
27 Degrees Offered
degrees offered


George Warren Brown School Offers Flexible, Interdisciplinary Programs in Social Work and Public Health

Students at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis gain the analytical skills and knowledge to think critically, act decisively, and thrive in a variety of non-profit, government, corporate, and academic settings. The strength of this top-ranked social work school lies at the intersection of social work, public health, and social and economic development. The Brown School's social work program is characterized by flexibility in the choice of courses, including the practicum, its individually planned curricula, the interdisciplinary collaboration, and the integration of evidence-based practice into its teaching, research, and service.

The Brown School's Master of Public Health Program Trains Students through Active Problem-Solving

The Master of Public Health (MPH) program at the Brown School grounds students in the core competencies of public health, such as behavioral science, biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health, and health policy. A centerpiece of the program's curriculum is a series of intensive, team-based, problem-solving courses designed to expose students to a variety of viewpoints that include architecture, education, economics, law, medicine, public policy, and communications. In collaboration with the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Brown School also offers a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Social Work.

The Brown School Strives to Create a Strong Sense of Community in All its Programs

The energy and excellence of the faculty, the commitment and diversity of the students, and the extraordinary resources of Washington University combine to create an exciting environment in which to pursue graduate studies. Students and faculty have a shared passion for social impact, creating healthy and productive individuals and communities. In addition to a strong academic program, the school offers students access to regular lectures from local, national, and international thought leaders, opportunities to attend courses in its world-class professional development program, and a range of leadership opportunities through a number of student groups. The school is one of the few social work programs in the country to have its own Career Services office for graduates. Additionally, each year graduate students organize a community service day, engaging hundreds of students, faculty, staff, and graduates in a range of community-based activities. The school is also home to Grounds 4 Change, an innovative, student-run social enterprise offering fair trade coffee, environmentally friendly products, health conscious snacks, and educational programming.

Students and Faculty at the Brown School Share a Commitment to Path-breaking Original Research

Faculty members at the Brown School of Social Work are committed to creating new knowledge that positively impacts social work, social policy, and public health issues. They are equally committed to teaching, bringing research ideas to the classroom, and challenging students to think in different ways. Most faculty members have ongoing research projects in which MSW, MPH, and PhD students participate. The school is home to 10 research centers and applied programs: Center for Latino Family Research, Center for Mental Health Services Research, Center for Social Development, Center for Tobacco Policy Research, Health Communication Research Laboratory, Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies, Prevention Research Center in St. Louis, Center for Obesity Prevention and Policy Research, Center for Violence and Injury Prevention, and the Social System Design Lab. The Brown School Associate Dean for Social Work currently leads Washington University's Gephardt Institute for Public Service. The Brown School Dean is the founding and current director of the University's Institute for Public Health.

Social Work Graduate Students Receive Substantial Scholarship and Financial Aid Support

In conjunction with Washington University's Office of Student Financial Services, the Brown School administers a range of financial aid packages, including more than 200 scholarships, federal loan programs, college work-study arrangements, paid practicums, and part-time employment assistance. More than 95 percent of Brown School students receive financial aid. The school gives full consideration to all applicants for admission and financial aid without regard to age, color, creed, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, race, or sex.

Washington University and the Brown School are Centrally Located in St. Louis, Missouri

With the region's low cost of living, St. Louis is among the nation's best places to live for lifestyle, graduate social work, and graduate public health education. The St. Louis area offers a variety of musical, cultural, and sports events throughout the academic year. Washington University is contiguous with the city of St. Louis and adjoins its suburbs. There is a variety of shops, ethnic restaurants, churches, bookstores, movie theaters, and art museums within a mile of the campus.

Location & Contact

Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis

Washington University in St. Louis

One Brookings Drive Campus Box 1196
St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
United States

Ms. Jamie Adkisson

Director of Recruitment & Admissions

Phone: 314-935-3524
Fax: 314-935-4859

Ms. Cate Valentine

Admissions Counselor

Phone: 314-935-8879
Fax: 314-935-4859

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Public Health Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Public Health (MPH)
      Master of Public Health / Master of Business Administration (MPH/MBA)
      Master of Public Health / Master of Social Work (MPH/MSW)
    • Social Work Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Social Work (MSW)
      Master of Social Work / Juris Doctor (MSW/JD)
      Master of Social Work / Master of Architecture (MSW/March)
      Master of Social Work / Master of Business Administration (MSW/MBA)
      Master of Social Work / Master of Divinity (MSW/MDiv)
      Master of Social Work / Master of Pastoral Studies (MSW/MAPS)
      Master of Social Work / Master of Public Health (MSW/MPH)
    • American Indian and Alaska Native Master of Social Work (MSW)
    • Children, Youth and Families Master of Social Work (MSW)
    • Epidemiology / Biostatistics Master of Public Health (MPH)
    • Global Health Master of Public Health (MPH)
    • Health Master of Social Work (MSW)
    • Health Policy Analysis Master of Public Health (MPH)
    • Mental Health Master of Social Work (MSW)
    • Older Adults and Aging Societies Master of Social Work (MSW)
    • Social and Economic Development Master of Social Work (MSW)
    • Urban Design Master of Public Health (MPH)
    • Affordable Housing and Mixed-Income Community Development Certificate
    • Violence and Injury Prevention Certificate
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 239
    • Doctoral Degrees 5
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? No
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? No
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


61% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 817
    • Accepted 503
    • Acceptance Rate 61
    • Enrolled 303
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $40
    • Application Fee - International $40
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline March 1st March 1st Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesFor public health: GRE, GMAT, LSAT, or MCAT , minimum GPA of 3.0
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE, MA or MSW
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL (minimum score 100 iBT) or IELTS

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsMarch 1
    • Types of financial support availableTuition Waivers, Federal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Health Care Benefits, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students272
    • Female Percentage84%
    • Male Percentage16%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students272
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Full-time Percentage100%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino6%
    • Black / African American15%
    • White / Caucasian50%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native4%
    • Asian18%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races2%
    • Unknown5%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty123
    • Full-time Percentage34%
    • Part-time Percentage66%
    • Female Percentage59%
    • Male Percentage41%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchMental health services, social development, child welfare, at-risk teens, autism, environmental health, health policy, health communications, obesity, gender and sexuality, violence and injury prevention, chronic disease prevention, poverty, older adults/aging societies, civic engagement, school social work, program evaluation, health disparities
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported




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