The Pepperdine School of Public Policy was founded almost two decades ago as a response to what was being offered on the policy school landscape. While many programs offer a technocratic approach to policy development, we invite students to consider the multiple dimensions that affect actual policy implementation. This demands a singular core curriculum, including coursework in policy analysis along with understanding policy's moral and distinctly American elements. It's an exciting time to consider a career in public service. We offer a unique preparation.


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Master of Public Policy (MPP)

Pepperdine University's Master of Public Policy program is committed to nurturing leaders who can use tools to enact real change, not only in government agencies, but also in the private and nonprofit sectors.

Pepperdine Public Policy students graduating

Joint Degree Programs

Earn a joint degree in conjunction with Pepperdine's graduate schools for business and law. Get your JD/MPP, MBA/MPP, or MDR/MPP.

The Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership works with local government and organizations to promote civic involvement in policy.

An intensive, year-long engagement that brings senior leaders together to "move the needle" on major challenges.

Shape the public policy conversation through authorship and research initiatives.


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Senator Benjamin Sasse delivers keynote in celebration of the School of Public Policy's 20th anniversary

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