Master's Degrees

The Brown School offers generous merit-based scholarships — more than $6 million awarded last year — as well as need-based financial aid.

Brown School students typically cover their educational expenses through a combination of the following:

  • Scholarships from the Brown School
  • Scholarships from external organizations
  • Brown School Fellowships
  • Yellow Ribbon Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits
  • Federal work-study
  • Federal student loans
  • Part-time employment
  • Out-of-pocket payments

The MSW tuition rate for the 2017-2018 academic year is $19,984 per semester. Learn more about MSW tuition, scholarships and fellowships on our website.

The MPH tuition rate for the 2017-2018 academic year is $17,746 per semester. Learn more about MPH tuition, scholarships and fellowships on our website.

Doctoral Degrees

The basic financial aid package for all new students consists of tuition coverage and four years of stipend support for all students accepted into the PhD program.

Base stipends for students in the Social Work PhD Program in 2017-2018 will be $18,500 per year for four years. Receipt of this stipend is not tied to work responsibilities.

Base stipends for students in the Public Health Sciences PhD Program in 2017-2018 will be $22,000 per year, which is linked to a student's performance of mentored research in public health at the Brown School.

Additional funding is possible through paid research and teaching practicums, among other sources, including external funding opportunities (PDF).

Because our program is full time, students are discouraged from engaging in outside employment.

Other tuition and stipend award packages are available from the following sources:

Mr. and Mrs. Spencer T. Olin Fellowships: These fellowships are awarded as a result of an annual competition open to all women who intend to commence graduate studies at Washington University the following fall. Olin Fellowships carry stipends for four years and full tuition. Women wishing to become candidates for the Olin Fellowship competition are asked to complete a separate Olin application in addition to their application for admission. Applicants must be graduates of a baccalaureate institution in the United States. For more information, call 314-935-6818 or visit the Olin Fellowship website.

The Chancellor's Graduate Fellowships: These fellowships are designed to facilitate training for students who will contribute to diversity in graduate education and who are interested in becoming college or university professors. Students will be selected who, in light of all pertinent qualifications, experiences and attributes, would contribute to the diversity of graduate education at Washington University. For more information, call 314-935-6821 or visit the Chancellor's Graduate Fellowships website.

Training Fellowships in Mental Health Services Research: These fellowships offer three years of tuition and stipend support from the National Institute of Mental Health. The fellowship is designed to prepare researchers to investigate such issues as the access, organization, and effectiveness of mental health services, particularly for clients in social service sectors of care. Visit the Center for Mental Health Services Research website for more information.

The Social Work Training in Addictions Research (STAR) Program: This program offers tuition, three years of stipend support, and a travel allowance from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Recipients conduct research on services and treatment of substance-abusing and comorbid populations (particularly those underserved.) The STAR Program will produce social work researchers who have state-of-the-art knowledge of addiction services, prevention and intervention, and service delivery system costs and burdens. For more information, call 314-935-6685.

Additional Funding

The Brown School provides additional financial support to doctoral students such as travel subsidies for professional conferences. Advanced doctoral students are encouraged to apply for both internal and external dissertation awards.

Loans are available to graduate students whose financial need is not otherwise met. Application should be made to the Graduate School. Call 314-935-6821 for more details.

Notes: While international students may receive a university fellowship and stipend, they are not eligible for federal financial aid and are, therefore, asked to contact our PhD Office for information on nonfederal assistance. Again, we urge students to apply to the program early so that awards may be secured well in advance of the fall term.