Office of Admissions

See Your Future Differently From Here - The Pepperdine School of Public Policy is the nation’s most unique policy graduate school built on the liberal arts tradition of melding quantitative and qualitative aspects of policy analysis, research, and implementation. Our Master of Public Policy program educates policy leaders, who have the empirical foundation to analyze policy problems, but also 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 succeed in government service, the non-profit arena, and the private sector.

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 degrees with the School of Business and School of Law

Fields of Specialization/Study Tracks

Child / Family Policy
Conflict Resolution / Negotiation
Education Policy
Energy Policy
Environmental Policy
Foreign Policy
Healthcare Policy / Management
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

Rolling admissions between October and June for Fall enrollment

Admissions Overview

We take a holistic approach to evaluating your application and consider several factors including your coursework and grade point average, test scores, career interests, recommendations, community service, and leadership activities. Our Admission Committee reviews applications for fall admission only on a rolling basis and typically notifies applicants of its decision in less than two weeks. For a detailed look at the admissions requirements visit here.

PPIA JSI Fellows and PSW attendees are eligible for the Pepperdine Policy Partners Program (P4) perks and benefits, which range from admission requirement waivers (such as the GRE) to minimum scholarship guarantees.

Apply online here.

Contact Information

Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA

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