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The Pepperdine School of Public Policy welcomes applications from non-US citizens as our unique cross-sector public leadership Master of Public Policy prepares global citizens for impactful careers across cultures and borders. Each incoming cohort typically comprises about 20-25% non-US citizens coming to Malibu from all over the world.

Non-US Citizens interested in applying for Fall 2024 must complete their application by June 1, 2024. Review our Fall 2023 deadlines for more details.

International Student Guidelines:

 1. Transcripts

Official transcripts or mark sheets must bear the official university seal and signature of the registrar, controller of examinations, or president of the university issuing the document. The copies must be returned directly to the School of Public Policy Office of Admission in the official sealed envelope. If you attended a non-English language institution, you must submit certified translated copies of your university transcripts to the School of Public Policy. Official records are to be in the language of instruction, accompanied by official translations in English, if necessary. 

The academic records which we refer to as transcripts should provide a listing, year by year, of all courses taken and the grade or marks received for each one. It is helpful to have the grading scale of the institution and the student’s rank in class included when such information is available. Do not submit secondary school records. If your college or university will not provide original official academic documents, exact copies that have been verified as “Certified True Copies” by the appropriate institutional official of each institution attended should be sent. Uncertified photocopies are not acceptable. To be considered, all documents not in English must be accompanied by official English translations. These translations must bear an original ink signature and seal. Translations alone will not be accepted. Translations sent directly from the institution attended or from a recognized translator are considered official.


International students whose first language is not English are required to submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System. Applicants who have completed four or more years at a regionally accredited English taught institution may be exempt of this requirement. Please use the Pepperdine University institution code 4630 and have your score sent directly to the School of Public Policy. A TOEFL score of at least 600 on the paper and pencil test, or 95 on the internet based test is the minimum required. A  band score of 7.0 for the IELTS exam. Applications are not considered complete without the test scores.

 3. How to Obtain the F-1 Student Visa

After international students have been officially admitted to the University and have accepted the offer of admission, they will need to submit the necessary documents in order to obtain the Form I-20, the document needed in order to apply for the nonimmigrant F-1 student visa. The Office of International Student Services will issue the Form I-20 after all required documents listed in the I-20 Checklist have been submitted directly to the Office of International Student Services.

Questions about F-1 Visa and immigration can be directed to the Office of International Student Services.