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Joint Master of Public Policy and Juris Doctor (MPP/JD)

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 Caruso School of Law.

The MPP/JD program 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, our joint MPP/JD 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.

Pepperdine University's joint Master of Public Policy/Juris Doctor 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.

Program Benefits

Top Ranked Schools

U.S. News and World Report ranks Pepperdine's MPP a top 10 graduate policy program in the West and Pepperdine's JD #51 in Best Law Schools.

Finish Faster

Complete a JD and an MPP in four years instead of the typical five.

Maximize Career Outcomes


Lawyer, Attorney (Regulatory, Antitrust, Compliance, Alternative Dispute Resolution), Human Rights and Civil Rights Law, Military Judge Advocate (JAG)


International Law (World Trade Organization, United Nations), Policy Analyst, Global Justice, Diplomat, Labor Relations, Intelligence


Think Tank, Research and Academia, Development Officer, Communications Manager, Conflict Coaching, International NGO's



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The Master of Public Policy and Juris Doctor (MPP/JD) degree program is a joint program between the School of Public Policy and the Rick J. Caruso School of Law. 

The joint degree program requires a total of 116 credit units: 78 units in law courses and 38 credits in public policy. It thus permits the student to complete in four years what would ordinarily require five years if taken separately.

MPP Specializations

  • American Policy and Politics
  • Applied Economic Policy
  • International Relations and National Security
  • Public Policy and Dispute Resolution
  • State and Local Policy



Joint degree students are eligible for the Pepperdine School of Public Policy awarded scholarships each year. Awards are made available through endowed funds, gifts from supporters and alumni, and allocation of University general funds. The Scholarship Committee awards scholarship based on merit, academic, and professional experiences.

Students must apply separately for scholarships made available through the Pepperdine Caruso School of Law Scholarships.


of students receive scholarship support*


average amount of tuition covered by scholarships*

*Average MPP scholarship based on estimated 2022-2023 enrollment data and is not a guarantee of funding.


School of Public Policy MPP Admission Requirements

Applications are accepted for the Fall term only following each of our completion deadlines.

The School of Public Policy processes completed applications beginning October through July for each Fall term enrollment. 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.


Caruso School of Law JD Admission Requirements

Applications for the joint JD program are accepted for the Fall term only .

Students are admitted on a rolling basis, with decisions made between December and May. 



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Specialization: Applied Economic Policy

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