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Admission Requirements

All application information that can not be submitted online should be sent to:

Pepperdine University
School of Public Policy
Office of Admission
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263-7493

1. $50 nonrefundable application fee.

2. A completed and signed application must be submitted by the February 1, 2015 priority deadline for fall of 2015 admission. All other applications should be received by May 1, 2015. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis (the application is reviewed once complete). Applications received after May 1, 2015 will be reviewed on a space-available basis. (Note: Since the admission review process does not include an interview, submitted materials should be representative of the student's qualifications.)

3. Two letters of recommendation are required. At least one academic reference is preferred. The letters can be submitted by completing this form or writing a letter. Documents should be submitted to the address listed above, emailed from recommender's work email directly to, or faxed to 310.506.7494.

4. Two essays. One essay (1-2 pages) should address an ethical and moral dilemma faced by applicant in recent years. Describe reactions and how the situation was resolved. The other essay (2-3 pages) should be a brief personal statement indicating interest in studying public policy, reason for choosing to apply to Pepperdine University, and any other information that should be considered by the admission committee.

5. A current resume or curriculum vitae.

6. A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited four year college or university.

7. Official undergraduate transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended.

8. Official test scores from one of the following:

    • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
      (Note: When registering for the GRE test, applicants should use institution code 4630)

    • Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT)
      (Note: When registering for the GMAT, applicants should use the school code 37B-Q9-63)

    • Law School Admissions Test (LSAT)
      (Note: If not applying to the School of Law, please request your LSDAS report to be sent to the Office of Admission at the School of Public Policy)

      All official test scores must be within five years of the application date.
  • International students* must submit test scores from one of the below exams in addition to one of the exams listed above:

    • Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
      (Minimum required score of a 95 IBT)

    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores
      (Band score of 7.0 required).

*International students, once admitted please submit the International Student Form.