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Become a NextGen Cross-Sector Public Leader - The Pepperdine School of Public Policy is the nation’s most unique policy graduate school built on the liberal arts tradition of combining empirical policy analysis with a deep understanding in political philosophy, applied history, political strategy, and ethics of public service. By emphasizing critical thinking and problem solving, and also the moral and human impacts of policy decisions, School of Public Policy graduates next generation leaders ready to work across differences and sectors to make impactful and lasting change.

Degrees Offered

Master of Public Policy (MPP) with specializations in American Policy and Politics, International Relations and National Security, State and Local Policy, Applied Economic Policy, and Dispute Resolution

Joint MPP/Master of Business Administration with the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School and joint MPP/Juris Doctorate and MPP/Master of Dispute Resolution with Pepperdine Caruso School of Law

Professional Certificates in Advanced Public Engagement for Local Government from the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership

Washington, DC Policy Scholars Program summer session(s)

Fields of Specialization/Study Tracks

Child / Family Policy
Conflict Resolution / Negotiation
Education Policy
Energy Policy
Environmental Policy
Foreign Policy
Healthcare Policy / Management
Housing / Economic Development
Human Rights / Humanitarian Affairs
International Development
Law / International Law
Public Finance / Budgeting
Security Studies (National or International)
Social Policy / Poverty
Urban Studies / Regional Planning

Area Studies

Eastern Europe / Russia
Latin America
Middle East

Graduate Program Overview

Early public policy programs traditionally trained students to be analysts, helping to design effective government programs. While devoting significant attention to such analysis, the Pepperdine School of Public Policy is committed to nurturing leaders who can use these tools to effect real change, not only in government agencies, but also in the private and nonprofit sectors. After graduation, we aim to help these leaders find a relevant career or Master of Public Policy job.

Beyond useful tools, this requires critical insights produced only by a broad understanding of the history and philosophy undergirding free institutions and an exposure to great ideas, courageous thinkers, and extraordinary leaders. It is based on the conviction that culture and personal moral certainties are also the valid concern of higher education—in fact, an important foundation for analysis. This significant and unique perspective is reflected in our "James Q. Wilson Curriculum," unashamedly setting it apart from many other public policy programs.

The MPP degree requires 50 units of course work with four 3-4 unit courses taken each semester for two academic years (four semesters). The first year is primarily composed of core Master of Public Policy courses and provides a foundation for the student's public policy specialization courses, most of which are taken in the second year.

Admissions Deadline

All Admission Requirements and Deadline details can be found here.

Complete your application by January 31 and be eligible for consideration by the Scholarship Committee for a full-tuition scholarship award.

Complete your application between February 1 and March 6 and be eligible for consideration by the Scholarship Committee for a cost-of-living stipend (in addition to any awarded tuition scholarship, not to exceed the cost-of-attendance).

Complete your application between March 7 and April 10 and be eligible for consideration by the Scholarship Committee for a first-term free books voucher.

All applications for Fall 2020 enrollment must be completed by June 5 to be considered for Fall 2020 admission and tuition scholarship.

Note: Applications completed after June 5 (and by the July 10 space-available only deadline) will be considered on a space-available basis for US Citizens only (tuition scholarship is not guaranteed for applications completed after June 5); non-US Citizen applications completed after June 5 cannot be reviewed by the Admissions or Scholarship Committees; applications completed after the April 10 deadline are not eligible for the completion benefits associated with the January 31, March 6, or April 10 completion deadlines.


Admissions Overview

All Admission Requirements and Deadline details can be found here.

The Admissions Committee takes a holistic approach to evaluating your application and consider several factors (see Admissions Requirements), including your coursework and grade point average, test scores, career interests, recommendations, community service, and leadership activities. The Admission Committee reviews applications for fall admission only following each of our completion deadlines and typically notifies applicants of its decision in less than two weeks. We look forward to answering your questions: [email protected] or 310.506.7493.

Those affiliated with PPIA are eligible, based on their undergraduate GPA, for a range of perks and benefits through our Pepperdine Policy Partners Program. Check out those perks (including up to 70% tuition scholarships and waived standardized test score requirement) here.

Contact Information

Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA

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