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School of Public Policy at a Glance

MPP Program

At Pepperdine University, we believe individuals can make a significant impact in the world and that a Master of Public Policy (MPP) can be the first step.

We offer a full-time, two-year MPP program with five distinct areas of specialization.


American Policy and Politics

International Relations and National Security

Applied Economic Policy

Public Policy and Dispute Resolution

State and Local Policy

Joint Degrees

The School of Public Policy offers joint degree programs with the Graziadio Business School, and with the Caruso School of Law and its Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution.

Available Joint Degrees:



At Pepperdine, a diverse community with different points of view enhances learning.

Quick Facts

  • 100Maximum Enrollment of Students
  • 20%International Students
  • 24Average Age
  • 12Spoken Languages
  • 1:1Male:Female Ratio
  • 20Countries Represented
  • 95%Receive Scholarships


Wavemaker Testimonials

Our Wavemakers, guided by the confident strength of moral purpose, are able to design and inspire organizations that create value for those they serve and make meaning for those they lead.


Jeffrey Longust - SPP Alumni

Attending the School of Public Policy and pursuing a Masters of Public Policy degree has been an excellent experience. The stellar staff and faculty prepared me for an intensive career in either the political and/or national security atmosphere."

Marketing Operations Analyst at Targeted Victory



Our professors are accomplished in their areas of expertise, engaged in a variety of research initiatives, and focus on the student at the heart of the academic enterprise.

Student to Faculty Ratio

Dr. Kiron Skinner speaker



Pepperdine is located in Malibu, California with views of the Pacific Ocean—just 35 miles northwest of Los Angeles, a hub of cultural diversity and is at the forefront of fresh ideas and innovation.

A view of the Malibu campus - Pepperdine University



The School of Public Policy is committed to scholarly excellence through research and leadership training.

Student listening to lecture


Accreditation and Affiliations

Pepperdine's School of Public Policy is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and is affiliated with prestigious organizations like the Golden Key International Honor Society and the Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship program, among others.