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Online Learning

The Pepperdine School of Public Policy prepares policy and political leaders through unique and distinctive online education programs. For over a decade, our Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership has trained thousands of state and local government officials to better engage their residents in policymaking and to improve the transparency and responsiveness of their public agencies through technology. Our Education Policy & Impact Initiative convenes national K-12 policy experts and policy practitioners to discuss the significant changes in our education systems due to the pandemic. And our American Project at SPP offers various online programs that teach viewpoint diversity to policy and political communicators. The grounding commitment undergirding all of our programs is the focus on preparing servant leaders for an increasingly polarized public square.


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Master of Public Policy and Leadership

This innovative program is designed for early- to mid-career working professionals as well as late-career changers in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors. Consistent with the School of Public Policy's on-campus MPP degree program, the curriculum across the various specializations is composed of a blend of skills-based coursework including analytical classes with liberal arts classes in history and political philosophy providing a well-rounded approach to public leadership education.

In today's complex political and economic environment, professionals who can humanize politics, create sustainable policy solutions, and practice effective public leadership are needed now more than ever. This unique stackable certificate model allows you to stack the core certificate and one of the remaining three certificates together, with only one additional class, to earn the comprehensive online master of public policy and leadership.

Explore the online Master of Public Policy and Leadership

  • Public Policy Leadership Certificate (Core)
  • Leadership, Advocacy, and Policy Communications Certificate
  • Education Policy Leadership and Innovation Certificate
  • Local Government Leadership and Innovation Certificate


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Professional Certificate in Advanced Public Engagement for Local Government

Through this program, early- to mid-career professionals are prepared to lead a publicly-engaged organization by gaining a deep understanding of the context, purpose, and best practices for engaging residents in the decisions that affect their lives and communities. Students will also learn about the growing impact of technology in the public sector and how they can harness these platforms to make their agencies more transparent and responsive.

Explore the Professional Certificate in Advanced Public Engagement for Local Government

  • 5 sessions
  • 2.5 hours each
  • $750


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Professional Certificate in Leading Smart Communities

From online public participation platforms to blockchain, technology is fundamentally changing the government-resident relationship. The impact of technology is felt across all departments in municipal governments-from public safety to planning. Given the pace of change, it's time for public policy schools to incorporate graduate-level education in the essential area of government technology (govtech).

Explore the Professional Certificate in Leading Smart Communities

  • 5 sessions
  • 2.5 hours each
  • $750


Interested in studying on-campus? Learn more about the on-ground master of public policy program we offer at our Malibu campus.