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School of Public Policy at a Glance



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 degree programs - Pepperdine University

10 percent of students enroll in joint degree programs - Pepperdine University




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
  • 90%Receive Scholarships




Our graduates, 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.

10:1 Student to faculty ratio - Pepperdine University

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

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

SPP students conduct research - Pepperdine University



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.