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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Admission QuestionsExpand All
Expand/CollapseWhen 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.

Expand/CollapseHow can I make an appointment to visit the campus?

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

Expand/CollapseCan I attend a class?

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

Expand/CollapseIs 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.

Expand/CollapseWhat kind of undergraduate degree should I have in order to study public policy?

There is no predetermined major required to study public policy.

Expand/CollapseIs an interview required?

No, interviews are not required for admittance.

Expand/CollapseIs there a minimum GRE requirement?

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

Expand/CollapseIs 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.

Program QuestionsExpand All
Expand/CollapseDo you have spring enrollment?

No, due to the structure of the curriculum, we enroll for fall start only.

Expand/CollapseHow much is tuition?

$45,170 (2014-2015)

Expand/CollapseIs there an out-of-state tuition charge?

There is no out of state tuition charge. All students are charged the same tuition.

Expand/CollapseWhat is the typical class size?

15-20 students and some elective classes are as small as five.

Expand/CollapseIs there a part-time program available?

No, a few students choose to minimize their load by taking only two required courses a semester. This special arrangement requires approval of the assistant dean.

Expand/CollapseWhere do students live?

On-campus graduate housing is available. About half of our students live off-campus in nearby communities (Calabasas, Santa Monica, Thousand Oaks) located 15-30 minutes from campus.

Career Services QuestionsExpand All
Expand/CollapseDo you require an internship?

Yes. It is a minimum of 240 hours of substantive work in public policy formulation, analysis or implementation, typically completed during the summer, between the first and second year.

Expand/CollapseDo I have to live in Washington, D.C., to use my policy degree?

No, in fact, only a small percentage of our alumni are located within the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.

Expand/CollapseHow accessible are the alumni?

Many of our alumni volunteer to speak to students about their current positions as well as internship experiences and life at school. They have offered to review resumes and consult with any student who is interested in learning more about their career paths.

Finanical Aid QuestionsExpand All
Expand/CollapseAre scholarships available?

Yes, we have a number of merit based scholarships available. Additional scholarship can be found on our scholarship page.

Expand/CollapseWhat percentage of students receive financial aid?

As many as 95 percent of the students receive some form of financial aid which includes scholarships, loans, and work study if eligible.

Expand/CollapseWhat percentage of students receive scholarship?

Nearly 90 percent of the students receive some form of scholarship.

Expand/CollapseWhat forms of financial aid are available in addition to scholarship?

An eligible student may be able to receive Federal Work-Study, $20,500 in Federal Direct loans, and a Federal PLUS loan for graduate students is used to meet cost of attendance. Read more about financial aid.