Office of Admissions
Thank you for your interest in the Goldman School of Public Policy (GSPP), one of the nation\'s premier graduate institutions for education and research on the most pressing contemporary policy problems in American society and throughout the world. GSPP is a dynamic community of students, faculty, staff and distinguished visitors, all committed to the highest standards of policy analysis in a warm, collegial and beautiful setting.
MPP Master in Public Policy
Joint Degrees: Law (MPP/JD), Public Health (MPP/MPH), Social Work (MPP/MSW), Energy and Resources (MPP/MA or MS), Engineering (MPP/MS), and International and Area Studies (MPP/MA).
Due to the versatility of the MPP degree, students select their own self-designed specializations, concentrations, and study tracks in a wide array of policy areas. Examples include but are not limited to: Budget & Public Finance, Environmental Policy & Management, International Policy, Health Policy & Management, Education Policy, Energy Policy, Housing Policy, Transportation Policy, Information Technology Policy, etc.
Fields of Specialization/Study Tracks
Healthcare Policy / Management
Housing / Economic Development
Information & Technology Policy / Management
Public Finance / Budgeting
Graduate Program Overview
Embracing the realms of both domestic and international policy, the School prepares students for careers including policy analysis, program evaluation, and management and planning. GSPP graduates enjoy an outstanding rate of employment and career advancement, working in government, in the private and nonprofit sectors, in research organizations, and as consultants.
The heart of GSPP is its two-year Master in Public Policy (MPP) program, with a core curriculum emphasizing practical and applied dimensions of policy making. The curriculum includes core courses ranging from political elements of the decision-making process and legal analysis to such specific analytic tools and concepts as microeconomic theory and statistical modeling. The curriculum also includes five electives, taken either at GSPP or elsewhere on the Berkeley campus, that allow students to focus on a particular policy area or a set of policy tools.
As public policy problems are often ill defined and resistant to straightforward application of formal analytic techniques, the curriculum includes substantial field work allowing students to apply their learning in the service of policy clients. Students work at a summer policy internship between their first and second years and complete an analysis, in groups and individually, during the spring semester of each year.
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Admission decisions are based on an evaluation of the statement of purpose, essay, three letters of recommendation, academic record and test scores, history of employment and experience. Excellence in any one area does not ensure admission. The admissions review process is based upon a comparison of qualifications among all those who apply, with the most competitive applicants demonstrating a strong quantitative and analytical background, and experience relevant to their policy interests.
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