Master of Public Policy
Early public policy programs traditionally trained students to be analysts, helping to design effective government programs. While devoting significant attention to such analysis, Pepperdine's School of Public Policy is committed to nurturing leaders who can use these tools to effect real change, not only in government agencies, but also in the private and nonprofit sectors. After students graduate with their MPP degree, we aim to help these leaders find a relevant career or Master of Public Policy job.
Beyond useful tools, success in a career in public policy requires critical insights produced only by a broad understanding of the history and philosophy undergirding free institutions and an exposure to great ideas, courageous thinkers, and extraordinary leaders. It is based on the conviction that culture and personal moral certainties are also the valid concern of higher education—in fact, an important foundation for analysis. This significant and unique perspective is reflected in our "James Q. Wilson Curriculum," unashamedly setting it apart from many other public policy programs.
The MPP degree requires 50 units of course work with four 3-4 unit courses taken each semester for two academic years (four semesters). The first year is primarily composed of core Master of Public Policy courses and provides a foundation for the student's public policy specialization courses, most of which are taken in the second year.
American Policy and Politics
The American politics specialization analyzes the dynamic nature of American society and considers the political, economic, and social implications of federal and local policies. It includes the development of skills in building consensus among a variety of constituents affected by the new policy initiatives.
Applied Economic Policy
The economics specialization examines such policies as urban and global issues, the evaluation of law and public policy, regional and metropolitan growth, and the role of government in a market economy.
International Relations and National Security
The international relations and national security specialization traces a new role for U.S. leadership including studies in statesmanship; global alliances; and U.S. relations to such areas as Latin America, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, or Eastern Europe.
Public Policy and Dispute Resolution
The dispute resolution specialization focuses on solving public challenges in collaborative ways, preparing leaders with policy expertise and the skills to work across differences in an era of polarization.
State and Local Policy
The state and local specialization teaches students how regions grow, develop, and can be effectively governed. Today, governors, mayors, and other municipal and business leaders are creating many of the most innovative and effective policy initiatives at local levels.
Graduates Quick Facts
- 36%Employed in the public sector
- 23%Employed in the nonprofit sector
- 18%Employed in the private sector
- 10%Post graduate / doctoral studies
I had the best experience at the School of Public Policy on the academic and personal level. The faculty, staff, and students are very respectful and caring. I admire the open door policy they have. Whenever I had a concern, it was immediately taken into consideration and resolved."