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Getting Into Public Policy

Pepperdine admits students to the School of Public Policy for the fall semester only. Learn about our admissions process, financial assistance options, and important deadlines.

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Admission Requirements

We encourage applications for the fall semester from graduates of regionally-accredited institutions in any area of study. We provide a checklist of requirements, which includes transcripts, letters of recommendation, and a personal essay focusing on your moral and ethical point of view.

Application and Scholarship Deadlines
February 1 Priority Deadline
After May 1 Space-Available Basis

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International Applicants

The School of Public Policy's student body includes individuals from over 20 countries, so we assure our guidelines and requirements for international applicants are well-defined and up-to-date.

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Scholarships are awarded to 90% of our students. Our Office of Financial Aid works with candidates to explore assistance options, loan programs, and Federal Work-Study.



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Admission Questions

When is the application deadline?

A completed and signed application must be submitted by the February 1 priority deadline. All other applications should be received by May 1. Applications received after May 1 will be reviewed on a space-available basis.

How can I make an appointment to visit the campus?

Please call the Admission Office to make an appointment at 310.506.7493.

Can I attend a class?

Yes, please contact the Office of Admission to arrange a class visit at 310.506.7493.

Is work experience required for admission?

No, we recognize that some students would like to continue their education immediately after graduating from their undergraduate institutions. In reviewing an applicant's file, volunteer activities, internships, and leadership experience are considered along with work experience. Typically, a student will have 2-3 years of work-equivalent experience.

What kind of undergraduate degree should I have in order to study public policy?

There is no predetermined major required to study public policy.

Is an interview required?

No, interviews are not required for admittance.

Is there a minimum GRE requirement?

No, each application is reviewed individually, however, an average GRE score range in the 60% would be competative.

Is there a minimum GPA requirement?

No, each transcript is reviewed looking for grade trends. If the student has challenged himself or herself intellectually by taking courses outside of their major. The average GPA is currently 3.2.


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