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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?


SPP students at graduation - Pepperdine University

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.


Gordon Lloyd teaches a class - Pepperdine University

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.

Pepperdine Cross Sector Leadership Fellows

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


SPP student speaks in front of a class - Pepperdine University

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

City Manager in Residence Program

Rod Gould

Through the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership, this program offers students the opportunity to learn first-hand from some of the best city managers in California.