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The Goldman School of Public Policy is a graduate school that prepares students for careers in public leadership. The majority of the students at GSPP are enrolled in the Master of Public Policy (MPP) program, which emphasizes the applied and quantitative dimensions of policy making. The MPP may also be earned concurrently with degrees from several other UC Berkeley schools: law, public health, engineering, social welfare, international and area studies and the Energy Resources Group. GSPP also offers a Master of Public Affairs (MPA) program which focuses on policy management and leadership as well as a doctoral program for students interested in policy research. While the Goldman School does not offer a bachelors-level degree, the public policy minor is available to undergraduates enrolled at UC Berkeley. Goldman School faculty represent the top researchers in their respective fields, which include economics, political science, law, social psychology and engineering. Their expertise ranges from education policy to racial profiling to clean energy. As teachers, they are dedicated to training tomorrow's policy leaders. As researchers, their work is shaping public policy today.

Degrees Offered

MPP Masters of Public Policy
Concurrent Programs:
Law (MPP/JD), Public Health (MPP/MPH), Social Work (MPP/MSW), Energy and Resources (MPP/MA or MS), Engineering (MPP/MS), Global Studies (MPP/MA)
MPA Masters of Public Affairs
Undergraduate Minor

The MPP Program is a generalist program. 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. Additional examples can be viewed below in the "Fields of Specialization/Study Tracks" section.

More details about all our programs can be found here.

Fields of Specialization/Study Tracks

Child / Family Policy
Conflict Resolution / Negotiation
Criminal Justice Policy Management
Education Policy
Energy Policy
Environmental Policy
Foreign Policy
Government (Public) Administration
Healthcare Policy / Management
Housing / Economic Development
Human Rights / Humanitarian Affairs
Information & Technology Policy / Management
International Development
International Trade / Business
Law / International Law
Nonprofit Management
Organizational Theory / Management
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

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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Admissions Deadline

Typically, the application deadline is in early December but please check for the latest deadline. You may check the deadline on the GSPP website.

Admissions Overview

We utilize a holistic admissions review process that takes everything in the MPP application into account:

1) Statement of Purpose, revealing commitment to and understanding of public policy work;

2) Academic Record(s) and GRE Test Scores, especially including evidence of aptitude for or experience of quant or econ training, and TOEFL (and/or GRE Verbal) scores to suggest linguistic skill among non-native speakers;

3) History of Employment and Experience (resumé);

4) Relevant Personal History as captured in the Essay and in personal information (relevant characteristics include age, BA degree and time since degree, parents’ education, military service, volunteer and paid work, and more);

5) Letters of Recommendation (3 required), which often usefully recap and evaluate aspects of aforementioned points.

Excellence in one area does not guarantee admission as we seek to admit a class of well-rounded students, diverse in background, experience, and interests.

More information is available on the GSPP website under "Applying for the MPP".

For questions, please contact us by phone at: 510-642-4670

For questions regarding the MPP program: [email protected]

For questions regarding the MPA program: [email protected]

Contact Information

University of California, Berkeley 2607, Hearst Avenue #7320
Berkeley, CA

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