Master of Public Policy (MPP)
At the UCLA Department of Public Policy, we take people who are passionate about making a difference in the world and give them the tools they need to do so. Our Master of Public Policy program combines the best of traditional policy education with a flexibility and responsiveness that enables us to remain relevant in a rapidly changing world. With a diversified tool kit of quantitative and analytical skills and the flexibility to design their own program of study – while drawing on all the resources of a top research university – UCLA Luskin graduates are equipped to become policy leaders. A set of joint degree programs offer an even broader range of skill and expertise development, and the minor in public policy provides undergraduates with a systematic overview of public policy questions.
The Master of Public Policy is a two year, full time on-ground professional degree program. The curriculum consists of core courses that provide students with general analytic tools that are applicable in all policy areas and culminates in an advanced, team-based final project that prepares students for real-world client interactions. For this final project, the Applied Policy Project (APP), students work together and apply key skills in negotiation, analysis, research, presentation, and persuasion to advocate a “best” answer for a given policy problem.
Plan of Study
Joint (Concurrent) Degrees
This joint degree program allows students who are interested in the legal aspects of public policy to earn both M.P.P. and J.D. degrees in a four-year period. Individuals considering in pursuing policymaking careers in government, non-profits, and in the private sector that require professional training in both legal and policy analysis are encouraged to apply. Students already enrolled in their first year of public policy or law may also apply.
For additional information regarding this program, please contact the graduate advisor in Public Policy and the admissions officer in the Law School.
Usually students spend the first year at the Law School completing the required 33 units of law courses. During the second year, students are enrolled in Public Policy and complete 40 units of core and concentration courses. In their third and fourth years students complete the remaining classes for both programs taking courses in each program during each term. Students need to complete a total of 73 law units and 68 public policy units in order to fulfill the degree requirements. If while enrolled in the MPP/JD program, a student decides not to complete either the MPP or the JD, all the regular requirements for the program that the student intends to finish must be satisfied. See sample Plan of Study for the MPP/JD program.
To apply for the joint degree program, students are required to satisfy the regular admissions requirements of each program. Students enrolled either in the JD or MPP program may apply for admission to the joint degree program in their first year of residence.
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for the MPP application. Students applying for the MPP/JD may submit their GRE score in lieu of a Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score. For these students, no LSAT is required; however, please note that every student who has taken the LSAT must submit that score as well. See the section on Admissions for MPP admissions requirements.
To request an application for the School of Law please contact:
UCLA School of Law
71 Dodd Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1445
The Department of Public Policy and the John E. Anderson School of Management offer a three-year concurrent degree program whereby students simultaneously pursue the Master of Public Policy and the Master of Business Administration degrees. This joint degree program is designed for students who seek careers that require expertise in policy making and management. It will enable the joint degree graduate to move easily among careers in public service, nonprofit, and the private sector. For admission, applicants are required to satisfy the regular admission requirements for both the M.B.A. and the M.P.P. programs.
Applicants interested in the concurrent program should contact the Public Policy or Management Admissions Officers.
Students pursuing the concurrent degree program with the John E. Anderson School of Management complete the nine core courses, concentration courses, and the two-quarter seminar in applied policy analysis for total of 68 units. The remaining 12 units of course requirements are fulfilled through Management courses taken for the M.B.A. program and are applied toward the M.P.P. degree through a pro forma petition to the Graduate Division upon application for advancement to candidacy. See sample Plan of Study for the MPP/MBA program.
To apply for the joint degree program, students are required to satisfy the regular admissions requirements of each program. Students enrolled either in the MBA or MPP program may apply for admission to the joint degree program in their first year of residence.
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for the MPP application and the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is required for the MBA application. In addition, the Test of English Language (TOEFL) is required for international students.
Students in the MBA/MPP degree program pay the MBA fees for all three years of the MBA/MPP concurrent degree. Check the UCLA Registrar’s Fees section for current fees and tuition for each program.
UCLA Anderson School of Management
110 Westwood Plaza, Suite B201
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1481
(310) 825-6944 fax (310) 825-8582
MPP / MD
The MD/MPP dual degree programs are a more recent evolution among dual disciplinary degrees. Rather than entering roles as hospital administrators and healthcare managers, physicians are increasingly assuming leadership ranks among policy makers at all levels of government and healthcare delivery systems—as elected officials themselves, and as federal and state legislative aides; analysts in executive department “policy shops”; senior policy advisors to mayors, governors, and the president; and heads of policy-oriented agencies. In addition, programs like the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Health Policy Fellows program place numerous physicians in one-year health policy advisory positions in the federal government, primarily in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. Although related to management and public health administration education, the analytic skills necessary for effective policymaking are the purview of Public Policy programs. MD/MPP programs are fewer in number than the more ubiquitous healthcare management dual degrees. The programs that do exist, however, reflect some of the top Schools of Medicine and Public Policy.
The structure of the proposed program takes advantage of complementarities between the MD program and the MPP program. The general outline of the combined degree program would be three years of medical education, following by the first year of the MPP program, and the second year of the MPP program interleaved with the last year of medical school. This plan gives the student some significant hands-on clinical experience prior to embarking on the public policy education component of the joint degree program. The clinical experience would take the place of the work experience required of other Public Policy students, giving the MD/MPP students an age and experience profile similar to the MPP population.
Eligibility and Application Process
UCLA matriculated medical students may apply to the UCLA Graduate Division for a position in the Luskin School of Public Affairs/Department of Public Policy during the fall of their third year, by December 31st.
The formal application process is followed, which requires the following elements. Please review the MPP Admissions website for important additional information.
- An application for UCLA Graduate Admission (online at www.gdnet.ucla.edu).
- An MPP-specific supplemental application (Graduate Division supplemental application is not required).
- Graduate Division application fee.
- Statement of Purpose – Write a Statement of Purpose as described on Department website.
- Three letters of recommendation from professors or professional references. References from medical school applications are accepted. Ask your Medical School SAO to send these to the department. You are welcome to use new references as well if you feel they better represent your strengths as an applicant.
- Current resume or CV.
- Medical School transcript. The request form can be found on the SAO website and faxed to the Registrar, Student Affairs (310 794-9574).
- Undergraduate transcripts – these may be requested from the Medical School SAO to be sent to the MPP Office.
- Email a request to the Sr. Associate Dean, Student Affairs Office, at least one month in advance of deadline requesting a “Letter of Good Standing”.
- MCAT scores will be accepted in lieu of GRE Scores:
- Send documents to the Public Policy Admission Office:
UCLA MPP Admissions
3250 Public Policy Building
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1656
- Fellowship and/or Diversity Fellowship Supplemental Applications may be submitted per the guidelines found on the MPP website.
The joint degree sponsored by the Department of Public Policy and the Department of Health Policy and Management offers a concurrent degree program whereby students are able to pursue the Master of Public Policy degree and a Master of Public Health degree in three years. As one of the leading universities in the nation oriented to health services and health policy research, UCLA is especially well positioned to offer a concurrent degree that brings together top-tier training in public policy and health services. The joint degree program provides professional training in policy analysis and management, as well as expertise in the complexity of health care services and strategies of policy-making institutions. Those interested in having an impact on the development of health care policy and management are encouraged to apply. For admission, applicants need to satisfy the regular admission requirements for both the MPP and the MPH programs.
Students begin taking core courses for both programs during their first year. Additionally students take elective or concentration courses in order to fulfill the program requirements; 68 units in Public Policy and 56 units in Health Policy and Management. See sample Plan of Study for the MPP/MPH for the joint degree program. Although in some cases students may take a course in either program to fulfill a content requirement, each course counts only toward the units of the department within which the course is offered. Consequently a student may take a different proportion of electives and core courses than indicated in the sample Plan of Study.
To apply for the joint degree program, students are required to satisfy the regular admissions requirements of each program. Students enrolled either in the MPH or MPP program may apply for admission to the joint degree program in their first year of residence. However, each school has its own entrance requirements, and there is no guarantee that because an individual is already a student in good standing in one school that he or she will be accepted by the other. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for both the MPP and the MPH applications. In addition, the Test of English Language (TOEFL) is required for international students.
To request an application for the Department of Health Policy and Management please contact:
A1-269 Center for Health Sciences
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1772
Phone: (310) 825-5524
The joint degree sponsored by Public Policy and Social Welfare permits students to earn both the MPP and MSW degrees in three years. With Social Welfare’s emphasis on understanding the ecological context in which human social problems exist and Public Policy’s analytic tools, students are enabled to develop social policy that is congruent with the needs of individuals, families, groups, and communities. Those interested in being social policy makers are encouraged to apply. Students already enrolled in their first year of public policy or social welfare may also apply.
For additional information regarding this program please contact the admissions officer in the Department of Social Welfare and in the Department of Public Policy.
During the first year, students follow the required M.S.W. curriculum, taking 43 units. In the second year students take most of the M.P.P. core courses. During the third year of the program students complete the remaining M.P.P. core and concentration course (32 units) along with their M.S.W. AOC courses and electives (32 units). Click here for two examples of the MPP/MSW Plan of Study. The second year field education requirement of 12 units is completed over the summer.
Students enrolled in this dual degree are required to register and enroll for 12 units during Summer Session this will serve to complete their second year field education requirement for the MSW program. Tuition for Summer Session is charged per unit and will cost approximately $4,500.
To apply for the joint degree program, students are required to satisfy the regular admissions requirements of each program. Students enrolled either in the MSW or MPP program may apply for admission to the joint degree program in their first year of residence.
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for the MPP application. Because of the highly analytic curriculum, the GRE scores required for the MPP have a higher baseline than for the MSW or (have a similar baseline to the doctoral program in Social Welfare.) In addition, the Test of English Language (TOEFL) is required for international students. See the section on Admissions in this brochure for MPP admissions requirements.
To request an application for the Department of Social Welfare please contact:
UCLA Department of Social Welfare
3250 Public Affairs Building, Box 951656
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1656
The UCLA Luskin Undergraduate Program offers a Bachelors of Arts in Public Affairs and minor programs in Public Affairs, Gerontology, and Urban and Regional Studies. The B.A. in Public Affairs offers an in-depth and engaged educational experience with a clear public service ethos. Drawing from UCLA Luskin’s expansive resources in Public Policy, Social Welfare, and Urban Planning, the major combines critical thinking, social science methodology, and experiential learning, connecting the dots between theory and action. The Minor in Public Affairs teaches students the skills of policy analysis and exposes them to the many issues facing today’s policymakers and opinion leaders. The Minor in Gerontology is an interdisciplinary program which utilizes UCLA’s professional schools and College resources to create an enhanced academic experience in aging. The Minor in Urban and Regional Studies offers students a means of addressing some of the most pressing issues faced by our cities and communities at the urban and regional level.