2020-2021 Admission Requirements for the Graduate Major in Public Policy

Admissions Requirements for the Graduate Major in Public Policy


APPLYING

After exploring options and choosing a specific program, follow the steps on our University’s graduate application process:

Deadlines to apply

January 10, 2020

Admission Limited to

Fall

Exams & GRE Types

GRE: General

Letters of Recommendation

3, from supervisors in policy-related work or instructors in undergraduate courses

UCLA-Wide Graduate Admissions Requirements

Degree-Specific Admissions Requirements

In addition to the University's minimum requirements and those listed above, all applicants are expected to submit the departmental supplement (part of the Application for Graduate Admission), and a statement of purpose.

Applicants to the M.P.P. program are evaluated on their overall record. The final decision is based on a subjective assessment of the applicant's potential to meet the scholarship requirements of the program and to succeed as a policy professional.

Preference is given to applicants with a grade point average of 3.5 or above. Additional consideration is given to the strength of the applicant's undergraduate program and its standards. The quantitative nature of the core curriculum requires that attention be given to quantitative and analytical abilities. An elementary statistics course is strongly recommended.

Scores on the GRE General Test are used in combination with the GPA to help predict academic performance in the M.P.P. program. Scores above 650 in each area are usually essential for admission to the program, although possible reasons for lower scores are considered. Especially high GRE scores may help alleviate concerns about a troublesome academic record, but a high GRE score alone is insufficient reason for admission. A score of at least 600 (paper-based test) or 100 (iBTt) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or an overall band score of 7.0 on the International English Testing System (IELTS) examination is required for applicants whose native language is not English.

The statement of purpose is evaluated to determine the applicant's genuine academic interest in and commitment to a career in public policy, as well as the applicant's general ability to write coherent and convincing prose. The statement can also help determine the match between the applicant's interests and the school's offerings and to assess written communication skills.

Applicants with at least two years of work experience in policy-making or implementation are preferred. Internships and volunteer work in a policy setting are also viewed positively.

Recommendations should be from individuals who know the applicant well and who can comment specifically on the potential for a career as a policy professional rather than someone of high status in a firm or school who has minimal knowledge of the applicant.

Public Policy, M.P.P./Law, J.D.

The Department of Public Policy and the School of Law offer a concurrent degree program whereby students may pursue the Master of Public Policy degree and the Juris Doctor degree at the same time. For admission, applicants are required to satisfy the regular admission requirements for both the J.D. and the M.P.P. programs.

Applicants interested in the concurrent program should contact the Public Policy Graduate Adviser.

Public Policy, M.P.P./Management, M.B.A..

The Department of Public Policy and the Anderson School of Management offer a three-year concurrent degree program in which students simultaneously pursue the Master of Public Policy and the Master of Business Administration. This concurrent degree program is designed for students who seek careers requiring expertise in policy making and management, enabling graduates to move easily among careers in public service, nonprofit, and the private sector. For admission, applicants are required to satisfy the regular admission requirements for both the M.B.A. and the M.P.P. programs. Applicants interested in the program should contact the the M.B.A. admissions office or the Department of Public Policy.

Public Policy, M.P.P./Medicine, M.D.

The Department of Public Policy and the David Geffen School of Medicine offer a concurrent degree program whereby students may pursue the Master of Public Policy degree and the Doctor of Medicine degree at the same time. For admission, applicants are required to satisfy the regular admission requirements for both the M.D. and the M.P.P. programs.

Applicants interested in the concurrent program should contact the Public Policy Graduate Adviser.

Public Policy, M.P.P./Public Health, M.P.H.

The Department of Public Policy and the Department of HealthPolicy and Management offer a concurrent degree program whereby students may pursue the Master of Public Policy degree and a Master of Public Health degree at the same time. For admission, applicants are required to satisfy the regular admission requirements for both the M.P.P. and the M.P.H. programs. During the first year, students generally begin with the first year core courses in Public Policy. In Spring Quarter students also begin taking the required Health Policy and Management courses. For the remaining two years of the concurrent degree program, students take both Public Policy and Health Policy and Management courses for a total of 68 units in Public Policy and 56 units in Health Policy and Management. Applicants interested in the concurrent program should contact the graduate adviser in Public Policy.

Public Policy, M.P.P./Social Welfare, M.S.W.

The Department of Public Policy and the Department of Social Welfare offer a concurrent program whereby students pursue the Master of Public Policy and the Master of Social Welfare at the same time. Applicants are required to satisfy the regular admission requirements of both programs. Students in the three-year concurrent program complete their first year curriculum in Social Welfare. During the second year, students complete the first-year core courses in Public Policy as well as their social work practice methods course sequence. In the third year, students meet the remaining requirements for both programs and must meet requirements for graduation in both programs to receive either degree. Applicants interested in the program should contact the Department of Social Welfare or the Department of Public Policy.

Program Name

Public Policy

Leading to the
degree of

M.P.P.

Major Code

0790

Address

3250 School of Public Affairs Building
Box 951656
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1656

Phone

(310) 825-0448

Email

mppinfo@luskin.ucla.edu

Website

luskin.ucla.edu/public-policy