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School of Public Policy Admissions

To learn more about our admission process, and how our career-focused curriculum uniquely prepares our students for rewarding careers across the private, civic, and public sectors we invite you to explore the below pages. 


School of Public Policy Admission - Pepperdine University

Admission Requirements

The Fall 2022 application portal will open on October 1, 2021. 

For any questions regarding the application process for Fall 2022 enrollment, please reach out to our Admissions Office: sppadmissions@pepperdine.edu

We encourage applications for the fall semester from graduates of regionally-accredited institutions in any area of study. We provide a checklist of requirements, which includes transcripts, letters of recommendation, and a personal essay focusing on your moral and ethical point of view.

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Still Accepting Fall 2022 Applications (Space-Available Only) 


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International Applicants

The School of Public Policy's student body includes individuals from over 20 countries, so we assure our guidelines and requirements for international applicants are well-defined and up-to-date.

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Scholarships are awarded to 90% of our students. Our Office of Financial Aid works with candidates to explore assistance options, loan programs, and Federal Work-Study.

Prospective Student Questions

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Over the years, prospective SPP students have had great questions about our unique program. We've assembled a few links to targeted SPP Blog pieces and our latest Dean's Report here to answer them.


Admission Events

Admission Questions

 When is the application deadline?

The School of Public Policy processes completed applications beginning October through July for each Fall term enrollment. Applications are reviewed on a rolling admissions basis. Please review our admission deadlines for more information.

 How can I make an appointment to visit the campus?

Please call the Admission Office to make an appointment at 310.506.7493.

 Can I attend a class?

Yes, please contact the Office of Admission to arrange a class visit at 310.506.7493.

 Is work experience required for admission?

No, we recognize that some students would like to continue their education immediately after graduating from their undergraduate institutions. In reviewing an applicant's file, volunteer activities, internships, and leadership experience are considered along with work experience. Typically, a student will have 2-3 years of work-equivalent experience.

 What kind of undergraduate degree should I have in order to study public policy?

There is no predetermined major required to study public policy.

 Is an interview required?

No, interviews are not required for admittance.

 Is there a minimum GRE requirement?

No, each application is reviewed individually, however, an average GRE score range in the 60% would be competitive.  For fall 2021 applicants, official tests (GRE, LSAT, GMAT) are optional due to COVID-19.

 Is there a minimum GPA requirement?

No, each transcript is reviewed looking for grade trends. If the student has challenged himself or herself intellectually by taking courses outside of their major. The average GPA is currently 3.45.