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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

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

January 31, 2020: Full-Tuition Scholarship Eligibility

Complete your application by January 31 and be eligible for consideration by the Scholarship Committee for a full-tuition scholarship award.

Note: completing your application by a later deadline does not preclude you from being considered for a non full-tuition scholarship award; completing your application by this date is not a guarantee of a full-tuition scholarship award; the Scholarship Committee reserves the right to not award any full-tuition scholarships.

The Office of Program Services & Admissions will notify applicants completed by the January 31 deadline of decisions no later than Friday, February 14, 2020.

March 6, 2020: Cost-of-Living Stipend Eligibility

Complete your application between February 1 and March 6 and be eligible for consideration by the Scholarship Committee for a cost-of-living stipend (in addition to any awarded tuition scholarship, not to exceed the cost-of-attendance).

Note: cost-of-living stipends will only be considered for those applications completed after the January 31 deadline and by the March 6 deadline; completing your application by this date is not a guarantee of a cost-of-living stipend; the Scholarship Committee reserves the right to not award any cost-of-living stipends.

The Office of Program Services & Admissions will notify applicants completed by the March 6 deadline of decisions no later than Friday, March 20, 2020.

April 10, 2020: First-Term Free Books Eligibility

Complete your application between March 7 and April 10 and be eligible for consideration by the Scholarship Committee for a first-term free books voucher.

Note: first-term free books vouchers will only be considered for those applications completed after the March 6 deadline and by the April 10 deadline. This eligibility is separate from the P4 Tier 1 benefit and will not add to the P4 benefit. The Scholarship Committee reserves the right to not award any first-term free books vouchers.

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

June 5, 2020: Final Complete Deadline for Fall 2020

All applications for Fall 2020 enrollment must be completed by June 5 to be considered for Fall 2020 admission and tuition scholarship.

Note: Applications completed after June 5 (and by the July 10 space-available only deadline) will be considered on a space-available basis for U.S. Citizens only (tuition scholarship is not guaranteed for applications completed after June 5); non-US Citizen applications completed after June 5 cannot be reviewed by the Admissions or Scholarship Committees; applications completed after the April 10 deadline are not eligible for the completion benefits associated with the January 31, March 6, or April 10 completion deadlines.

The Office of Program Services & Admissions will notify applicants completed by the June 5 deadline of decisions no later than Friday, July 10, 2020.

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: The Admissions Committee cannot review non-US Citizen applications completed after June 5, 2020; applications completed after the April 10 deadline are not eligible for the completion benefits associated with the January 31, March 6, or April 10 completion deadlines; the School of Public Policy reserves the right—at the discretion of the Office of the Dean—to review completed applications after the July 10, 2020 space-available only deadline.

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

 

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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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