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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Admission QuestionsExpand All
Expand/CollapseWhen is the application deadline?

The application deadline is May 1, however applications received after the deadline will be reviewed on a space available basis.

Expand/CollapseCan I make an appointment to meet with a School of Public Policy representative?

Yes, please call the Admission Office to make an appointment at 310.506.7493.

Expand/CollapseCan I attend a class?

Yes, we would be delighted to have you sit in on a class. Please contact the Office of Admission to arrange a class visit at 310.506.7493 or toll-free in the U.S. 888.456.1177.

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. Although about one-third have a major or minor in political science, this year's students hold degrees in biology, communications, anthropology, economics, languages, literature, social welfare, and business.

Expand/CollapseIs an interview required?

No, as not all applicants are able to visit the campus or meet a representative.

Expand/CollapseIs there a minimum GRE requirement?

No. Each application is reviewed individually, however, an average GRE score range to be competitive would be:

Verbal 500-550
Quantitative 600-650
Analytical Writing 4.0-5.0

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, or if grades in later years have improved significantly, these are factors that will mitigate in a student's favor. 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/CollapseWhat are the specializations?

  • American Politics
  • Economics
  • International Relations
  • State and Local Policy

Expand/CollapseHow much is tuition?

$43,430 (2013-2014)

Expand/CollapseWhat is the out-of-state tuition charge?

Since Pepperdine University is a private institution there is no out of state tuition charge. All students are charged the same tuition.

Expand/CollapseWhat percentage of the class is comprised of international students?

Approximately 30 percent, with an additional three percent foreign-born U.S. citizens (2011).

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 courses a semester. This special arrangement requires approval of the assistant dean.

Expand/CollapseWhere do students live?

On-campus graduate housing is available across from the school. 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/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 Stafford loans, and a Federal PLUS loan for graduate students is used to meet cost of attendance. Read more about financial aid.

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. Merit encompasses several factors such as GPA, GRE score, leadership skills, work experience, community service, diversity through ethnicity, and socio-economic condition, etc.

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 and loans, if eligible.

Expand/CollapseWhat percentage of students receive scholarship?

Nearly 90 percent of the students have some form of scholarship which can range from a minimal stipend to covering all of tuition.