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Master of Public Policy/Master of Dispute Resolution (MPP/MDR) Joint Degree Program

Master of Dispute Resolution/Master of Public Policy (MDR/MPP) Joint Degree Program - Pepperdine University

The Master of Public Policy and Master of Dispute Resolution (MPP/MDR) degree program is a joint program between the School of Public Policy and the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution of the School of Law, which has been recognized as one of the top dispute resolution programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

This joint degree program builds on expert study in negotiation, mediation, and arbitration processes, while exploring the ethical and moral rules by which we guide our direction as a nation and as a people.

Admission Information

Interested students must apply to and be accepted by both the School of Public Policy and the Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution at the School of Law 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
  • Two essays (see application for content)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended
  • LSAT or GRE scores
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Copy of current resume
  • TOEFL (international students only)
  • Evidence of financial support (international students only)


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