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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. 

We are accepting applications for enrollment. GMAT/GRE/LSAT standardized test requirement now optional for Fall 2020 application. Please contact our admissions office for any questions.


School of Public Policy Admission - Pepperdine University

Admission Requirements

In response to the needs of our 2020 applicants during the COVID-19 pandemic, the School of Public Policy has issued the following changes to our admissions requirements:

  • GRE/LSAT/GMAT test requirements are optional for applicants
  • Accepting an unofficial/temporary undergraduate transcript, though an official transcript will be required before the start of classes.
  • Maintaining the TOEFL/IELTS requirements for international students
  • Maintaining the essay submission (2) and letters of recommendation (2) requirements

For any questions regarding the application process for Fall 2020 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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Fall 2020 Application Complete Deadlines

July 10, 2020: Space-Available Only Deadline

US Citizen applications completed after the June 5 deadline and by the July 10 deadline will be considered by the Admissions Committee on a space-available only basis. The Scholarship Committee does not guarantee tuition scholarship awards for applications completed after the June 5 deadline.

Note for International Applicants:

  • Applications completed after June 12 cannot be reviewed by the Admissions or Scholarship Committees.
  • Admitted non-US Citizens must declare their intent to enroll and pay their tuition deposit no later than Tuesday, June 30, 2020 to be eligible to enroll in the Fall 2020 term.

The Office of Program Services & Admissions will notify applicants completed by the July 10 deadline of decisions no later than Friday, July 24, 2020.

Note: Applicants admitted following the July 10 space-available deadline must declare their intent to enroll and pay their tuition deposit no later than Friday, July 31, 2020 to enroll in the Fall 2020 term.


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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.

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From partnerships to alumni blogs to cutting-edge research, Pepperdine's School of Public Policy creates a dialogue that extends beyond our community.


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Admission Questions

When is the application deadline?

The School of Public Policy processes completed applications beginning September through July for each Fall term enrollment.  Applications are reviewed on a rolling admissions basis.

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.

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 3.4.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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