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Preparing for a Career in Public Policy

Our unique career-focused curriculum balances Pepperdine's distinctive coursework with numerous professional development opportunities - both inside and outside the classroom.

Why Study Public Policy?

Why an MPP vs. MPA?


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Pepperdine University's School of Public Policy offers a Masters Degree in Public Policy and joint-degree programs in partnership with Pepperdine's top-ranked graduate schools for business and law.


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Learn about the experienced practitioners who guide the academic experience at Pepperdine as they continually shape policy in their work.

Training at the Davenport Institute - Pepperdine University

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

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The Edwin Meese III Institute serves as the new academic home for scholarship, teaching, and events focused on connecting America’s founding principles to today’s national policy challenges. 


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The School of Public Policy creates a community of scholarly excellence through research initiatives, student-led publications, conferences, and more.

Featured Events

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The School of Public Policy is host to several noteworthy visiting scholars, public- and private-sector officials, and policy leaders, providing students the chance to interact with those responsible for shaping policy in their respective fields.