Master of Public Policy/Juris Doctor (MPP/JD) Joint Degree Program
The Master of Public Policy and Juris Doctor (MPP/JD) degree program is a joint degree program between the School of Public Policy and the School of Law.
It is designed to strengthen and perfect the preparation of those whose successful leadership depends on a fuller understanding of and a stronger skill set for addressing issues of public policy in the practice of law or in the interface between the private business sector and an increasingly complex government presence. Reflecting a Christian commitment to subsidiary and grassroots problem solving within community, the program addresses the management of nonprofit associations and foundations, understanding that, at times, they may depend heavily on a carefully tended relationship with government or may be expected to provide social services on behalf of the government. The Pepperdine program is unique in recognizing the growing importance of the intermediary institutions between the federal government and the individual as well as the critical role of local, regional, and state government. It further acknowledges the need for domestic and global business to appreciate more fully the implications of public policy both in the United States and other regions and how to manage those policies.
Interested students must apply to and be accepted by both the School of Public Policy and the School of Law program, separately. Please consult the academic catalog for joint degree program details.
Applicants to the School of Public Policy should provide the following:
- Application for admission
- $50 application fee
- Two essays (see application for content)
- Official transcripts from all colleges attended
- LSAT scores in lieu of GRE
- Two letters of recommendation
- Copy of resume
- TOEFL (international students only)
- Evidence of financial support (international students only)
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