School of Public Policy | Master of Public Policy (MPP) Program | Pepperdine University


The Pepperdine School of Public Policy was founded almost two decades ago as a response to what was being offered on the policy school landscape. While many programs offer a technocratic approach to policy development, we invite students to consider the multiple dimensions that affect actual policy implementation. This demands a singular core curriculum, including coursework in policy analysis along with understanding policy's moral and distinctly American elements. It's an exciting time to consider a career in public service. We offer a unique preparation.

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School of Public Policy

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Earn a Masters of Public Policy or a joint degree in conjunction with Pepperdine's graduate schools for business and law.

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Facilitate citizen participation throughout California.

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Shape the public policy conversation through authorship and research initiatives.


Civic Engagement Certificate - Pepperdine University
Professional Certificate in Advanced Public
Engagement for Local Government

Three-Day Intensive Workshop for Local Government Practitioners

July 28-30, 2017
Malibu, California

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