Admission Requirements

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We take a holistic approach to evaluating your application and consider several factors (see checklist below), including your coursework and grade point average, test scores, career interests, recommendations, community service, and leadership activities. If you are coming directly from an undergraduate institution, we will place greater emphasis on your undergraduate records and GRE scores rather than work experience.

Our Admission Committee reviews applications for fall admission only on a rolling basis and typically notifies applicants of its decision in less than two weeks. We look forward to answering your questions: or 310.506.7493.

Application Deadline is June 15, 2015 for Fall 2015.

1. Application Fee

The $50 application fee is nonrefundable.

2. Completed and Signed Application

A completed and signed application must be submitted by June 15. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis (the application is reviewed once complete). Applications received after June 15 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

Two letters of recommendation are required. One academic reference and one professional reference are 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 the recommender's work email directly to, or faxed to 310.506.7494.

4. Two essays

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.

  • A current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited four-year college or university in any area of study.


5. Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae

Official undergraduate transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended.

6. Bachelor's Degree

A bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited four-year college or university in any area of study.

7. Official Undergraduate Transcripts

Official undergraduate transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended.

8. Official Test Scores

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)

Pepperdine Seaver College applicants, please contact the School of Public Policy Office of Admission regarding test score waivers.

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).

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

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

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