P4: Pepperdine Policy Partners Program
The Pepperdine School of Public Policy (SPP) stands committed to our founding principles in preparing the next generation of public leaders. Our unique liberal arts curriculum that balances the quantitative aspects of policy analysis with the study of applied history and philosophy continues to develop public leaders who consider their "moral sense" upon entering careers in the private sector, nonprofit and civic arenas, government, and academia.
Some of our most successful students are those who have graduated from or participated in respected social science programs and co-curricular fellowships. To recognize the rigor of these programs, we launched the Pepperdine Policy Partners Program—"P4"—making available admission and program benefits to P4 applicants:
The Fall 2022 application portal will open on Friday, October 1, 2021. GRE/GMAT/LSAT are optional this year.
Confirm P4 Eligibility
P4 Application Instructions
- Check to see if you are an eligible P4 member (refer to the current participating P4 organizations list)
- Begin your application (view admission page)
- Upload ONLY your resume (include your P4 affiliated organization) and undergraduate transcript (showing courses and cumulative GPA). Wait to upload your ethical moral dilemma essay and official test scores.
- Submit your application (this does not finalize your application)
(Note: You will be able to return and complete your application once your P4 tier is confirmed. Your documents will be reviewed and your P4 tier level will be emailed to you. Your P4 status must be approved by the assistant dean of admissions before P4 benefits are granted. Email email@example.com for questions.)
Participating P4 Organizations
Please review the list of current participating P4 organizations. If you are part of one of the below organizations, you may be eligible for Pepperdine School of Public Policy academic benefits.
- American Enterprise Institute: Faith and Public Life
- American Council of Trustees and Alumni
- Alumni (School of Public Policy) Referrals
- Ashbrook Center at Asland University,
- California Federation of College Republicans
- Capitol Fellows Program
- CCCU American Studies Program
- Charles Koch Institute Educational Programs
- City Year Corps
- The Claremont Institute Fellowship Programs
- Claremont McKenna College
- College Republican National Committee
- Concerned Women for America
- Coro Southern California
- Council for Christian Colleges & Universities Members & Affiliates
- Donald M. Payne International Development Fellowship Program
- Family Research Council
- First Liberty Fellowship
- Foundation for Economic Education
- The Fund for American Studies
- Golden Key International Honour Society
- Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation
- Heritage Foundation Young Leaders Program
- Hertog Foundation
- Initiative on Faith & Public Life
- Institute for Humane Studies
- Intercollegiate Studies Institute
- John Jay Institute Fellows Programs
- Lead for America
- The Lincoln Institute
- The Maddy Institute
- The Matthew J. Ryan Center for the Study of Free Institutions and the Public Good
- National Review Institute
- Network of Enlightened Women (NeW)
- The Public Interest Fellowship
- Public Policy & International Affairs (PPIA) Program
- Rangel International Affairs Program
- Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute
- Scala Foundation
- SMU Tower Center
- State Policy Network
- Steamboat Institute
- SUNY Korea
- Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program
- Turning Point USA
- The United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney
- University of Dallas
- The University of Redlands Public Policy Program
- Washington, DC Policy Scholars Program (School of Public Policy)
- Wilson Center for Leadership
- Young Americans for Liberty
- Young America's Foundation
- Young Conservatives of Texas
All P4 applicants are eligible for:
Pending review of program elements and based on criteria set forth in the SPP Academic Catalog, the transfer of six (6) elective credits.
- An early class registration time for the first term of enrollment.
See below the tier levels for eligibility.
Applicants with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.7:
- Minimum 70 percent of tuition scholarship
- Waiver of the standardized test score admission requirement
- Waiver of the Ethical/Moral Dilemma Essay admission requirement
- Only one (1) letter of recommendation required for admission (note: must be from an academic reference)
- Automatic acceptance into the Washington, DC Policy Scholars program for the summer term immediately preceding the first term of enrollment
Note: a separate application is required
Applicants with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.2 and up to 3.7:
Applicants with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and up to 3.2:
- Minimum 40 percent of tuition scholarship
P4 Student Testimonials
P4 Partner: CCCU
"I chose Pepperdine because of its emphasis on normative questions and moral analysis as an important (but often neglected) aspect of public policy. Given my background in humanities, I was delighted that this school would allow me to continue drawing from the insights of history and philosophy, while sharpening my quantitative reasoning skills. As a P4 student, the application process was streamlined and the scholarship offer made the program financially feasible for me."
P4 Partners: CCCU, Charles Koch Fellows, DC Policy Scholars, AEI
"I will be forever grateful for the P4 Program—it not only made my application process straightforward, but the standardized test score waiver made it possible to start my professional degree early. The P4 program takes an individual's practical policy involvement into account through the admission process. The structure of the admissions process allowed me to focus on articulating how my policy experience had prepared me for the MPP program. The generous scholarship made it financially feasible for me to pursue my dream and participate in a program that will better prepare me to serve my community."
P4 Partner: PragerForce
"The P4 affiliate program not only exposed me to the Pepperdine School of Public Policy, but expedited the application process to make my transition into graduate school much smoother. The corresponding benefits made the program far more affordable and accessible, and the School of Public Policy's commitment to investing in students by providing us with every opportunity for success is one of many things that makes this institution so special."
P4 Partner: OC Lincoln Club Institute
"I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the P4 Program through my involvement with the Lincoln Club Institute. When I was searching for a graduate public policy program that aligned with my values and aspirations, the P4 program distinguished Pepperdine from any other higher institution. The generous tuition scholarship lifted financial barriers that come with the pursuit of an advanced, professional degree. By waiving the standardized test score, this allowed me to focus on my personal statement and emphasize aspects of my application that I believed would most accurately convey my background, strengths, and passions."