Master of Public Policy
Earn Your MPP at Pepperdine School 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 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.
Top 10 Program
Pepperdine's MPP is a top 10 graduate policy program in the West, as ranked by U.S. News and World Report.
More than 90% of admitted students receive scholarships.
Capitol Hill Staff, Federal Agencies, Foreign Service, Intelligence Agencies, State/Local Government Leadership
Think Tanks, Policy-Focused Nonprofits (Education Policy, Homelessness, Criminal Justice Reform), International NGO's
Corporate Communications, Consulting Firms, GovTech Firms, Government Relations, Lobbying, Political Consulting
Curriculum and Specializations
Make your degree your own with several MPP specializations to choose from.
The MPP 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 courses and provides a foundation for the student's public policy specialization.
Curriculum is offered with a unique Great Books emphasis, combining rigorous quantitative coursework with core classes in political philosophy and history to prepare public leaders, not just policymakers.
American Policy and Politics
International Relations and National Security
Applied Economic Policy
Public Policy and Dispute Resolution
State and Local Policy
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The Pepperdine School of Public Policy awards a number of scholarships each year. These 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 and academic and professional experiences.
of students receive scholarship support*
average amount of tuition covered by scholarships*
*Average scholarship based on estimated 2018-2019 enrollment data and is not a guarantee of funding.
Classes Begin: Fall Term 2022 begins
Fall 2023 Application Portal Opens
Application for Full-Tuition Scholarship Eligibility Deadline
A bachelor's degree is required for admission. GRE/GMAT/LSAT scores are optional for the Fall 2021 admission.
Candidates must submit the following:
- Completed and Signed Application
- Two Letters of Recommendation
- Two Essays
- Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae
- Bachelor's Degree
Why Get an MPP
Pepperdine School of Public Policy prepares public leaders who can work across differences and across sectors to create sustainable policy solutions. Through a distinctive curriculum our students learn to not only consider the quantitative aspects of policy decisions, but to also analyze politics from historical, philosophical, and faith perspectives.
How a Pepperdine MPP degree prepares you for a career in education policy.
Dr. Hattie Mitchell (MPP '12)
Founder, Crete Academy
Hattie Mitchell speaks about Pepperdine's unique and well-rounded Master of Public Policy curriculum and its direct affect on her career today as she shapes education policy and the lives of her students at her charter school in South Los Angeles, Crete Academy.
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