Why Public Policy at UCLA?

MPP students can pursue interdisciplinary Global Public Affairs and Leaders in Sustainability certificate programs. Joint degrees with Law, Management, Public Health, Medicine, and Social Welfare offer an even broader range of skill and expertise development. 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’s program combines the best of rigorous policy education with flexibility and responsiveness that enables us to remain relevant in a rapidly changing world. A career in public service is no longer limited to working in government. By giving students 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 one of the world’s top research universities — we produce graduates who are equipped to become real leaders in policy making, wherever that process takes place. Study Public Policy at Luskin. Training and experience that prepares one to transform the world to come.

Admission Requirements

The department seeks a diverse pool of applicants who have been trained in a wide range of disciplines and preferably have had previous work experience in policy making or implementation. No specific background or undergraduate major is required. There are no citizenship requirements to be considered for admission. Admission is selective. Decisions will be based on a multifaceted evaluation of the applicant’s overall academic record, applicable test scores, and potential success in the public policy field, as evidenced by work experience and community, extracurricular, or other relevant experience. An applicant’s written statement of purpose, goals, and letters of recommendation also weigh heavily in the decision-making process.

Applicants must meet the following requirements for admission:

  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Establish eligibility for admission to graduate standing in the University of California
  • Obtain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (B) in all upper-division courses
  • Recommended but not required for domestic applicants: submit results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) (strongly recommended for applicants without a quantitative background)
  • Required for international applicants: submit results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
Application CodesCode Numbers
UC Major Code for Public Policy790
FAFSA001315
UCLA Institution Code004837
GRE Institution Code for UCLA4837
TOEFL Institution Code4837

Application Process Timeline

September 2021: Application Opens

January 10, 2022: Application Deadline for Funding Consideration

June 30, 2022: Rolling Admission Deadline

February-March: Admitted Student Events

Early March: Decision Notification

Early April: MPP Welcome Day

April 15: National Enrollment Deadline

Application Materials
  • UCLA Graduate Division Online Application
  • Application Fee (To apply for a fee waiver, please see UCLA’s Graduate Division’s criteria here)
  • Transcripts
  • Statement of Purpose – Note that this may be up to 800 words, even though the Graduate Application says 500.
  • Resume
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Recommended but not required: GRE Scores
  • TOEFL or IELTS Scores (International Students)
  • Personal History Statement – This should be limited to 500 words
  • GPA Worksheet
  • Academic Preparation Form

View or download a funding overview (PDF).

Events & Services

August 

UCLA Master of Public Policy (MPP) Program Overview  Webinar, Monday, August 23, 2021 6:00pm (PST). For more information and to RSVP click HERE

The “How-tos” Of Becoming A Competitive Candidate For Public Affairs/Public Policy Programs, Hosted by Public Policy & International Affairs (PPIA), Wednesday, August 25, 2021 6:00pm (PST). For more information and to RSVP click HERE

UCLA Master of Public Policy (MPP) Admissions (Domestic Applicants Only), Thursday, August 26, 2021 6:00pm (PST). For more information and to RSVP click HERE

Master of Public Policy (MPP) Admissions Webinar (International Students Only),  Monday, August 30, 2021 6:00pm (PST). For more information and to RSVP click HERE

September 

Fellowships & Funding Your UCLA MPP Graduate Degree, Friday, September 3, 2020, 6:00pm (PST). For more information and to RSVP click HERE

Climate Adaptation Research Symposium, Hosted by UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation,  Wednesday, September 8 – Thursday, September 9, 2021. For more information and to RSVP click HERE

Master of Public Policy (MPP) Admissions Webinar (First Gen Students Only), Thursday, September 9, 2021 6:00pm (PST). For more information and to RSVP click HERE

Brainstorm with UCLA MPP: Statement of Purpose, Wednesday, September 15, 2021, 6:00pm(PST). For more information and to RSVP click HERE

UCLA Master of Public Policy (MPP) Certificate Exploration Webinar, Thursday, September 16, 2021 6:00pm (PST). For more information and to RSVP click HERE

October 

Fellowships & Funding Your UCLA MPP Graduate Degree, Monday, October 4, 2021, 6:00pm (PST). For more information and to RSVP click HERE

UCLA Master of Public Policy (MPP) Program Overview  Webinar, Wednesday, October 6, 2021 6:00pm (PST). For more information and to RSVP click HERE

Brainstorm with UCLA MPP: Statement of Purpose, Thursday, October 7, 2021 6:00pm (PST). For more information and to RSVP click HERE

UCLA MPP Virtual Presentation for Undergraduate Students on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 12:30pm-1:30pm (PST). For more information and to RSVP click HERE.

Luskin MPP Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Paavo Monkkonen-Social Segregation, Urbanization and Urban Policy on Thursday, October 14th, 2021, 12:00pm (PST). For more information and to RSVP click HERE

UCLA MPP Open House Event  on Monday, October 25th, 2021, 11:00am (PST). For more information and to RSVP click HERE 

November

Fellowships & Funding Your UCLA MPP Graduate Degree, Monday, November 1, 2021, 6:00pm (PST). For more information and to RSVP click HERE

UCLA Master of Public Policy (MPP) Program Overview  Webinar, Thursday, November 4, 2021 6:00pm (PST). For more information and to RSVP click HERE

UCLA Master of Public Policy (MPP) Certificate Exploration Webinar, Monday, November 8, 2021 6:00pm (PST). For more information and to RSVP click HERE

UCLA Master of Public Policy Admissions for Dual Degree: MPP/ MSW (tentative), Wednesday, November 10, 2021, 6:00pm (PST). For more information and to RSVP click HERE

UCLA Master of Public Policy Admissions for Dual Degree: MPP/JD &  MPP/MBA, Monday, November 15, 2021, 6:00pm (PST). For more information and to RSVP click HERE

UCLA Master of Public Policy Admissions for Dual Degree: MPP/MD, Thursday, November 18, 2021, 6:00pm (PST). For more information and to RSVP click HERE

December

What Happens Next? UCLA MPP Acceptance & Rejection Talk, Monday, December 13, 2021, 6:00pm (PST). For more information and to RSVP click HERE

*We will begin offering services for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle in Fall 2021*

To assist prospective students with our application process, UCLA’s Master of Public Policy department is providing the following services to applicants:

  • Statement of Purpose Review
  • Personal Statement Review
  • Resume Review
  • Transcript Evaluation (includes Jr./Sr. GPA worksheet)

To submit a request for any of these services, please fill out the UCLA MPP Application Services form. (Not accepting until October 2021)

*Please make sure that you already have a draft for all of the documents you would like to receive feedback on when you fill out the application services form.*

UCLA Luskin Public Policy Presents: “Diversity Summit: Amplifying Intersectional Voices & Ideas (tentative), Saturday, November 20, 2021, 10:00am-2:00pm (PST). For more information and to RSVP click HERE

*Enrollment will open in October 2021*

Program Mission

PPDE is committed to ensuring that the student community of the Master of Public Policy (MPP) program at the Luskin School of Public Affairs reflects the diversity of backgrounds and experiences of Los Angeles and the State of California. PPDE is dedicated to increasing diversity and inclusion within the student community, especially focusing on increasing the representation of underrepresented communities across a spectrum of markers of difference: race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, ability, socioeconomic status, citizenship status,  and religious belief.  We believe that as a master’s program at a public institution, cohorts of students should reflect the diversity of the city, state, and nation that UCLA was created to serve. To achieve this goal, PPDE recruits current UCLA Luskin MPP students to guide prospective applicants through the graduate application process.

Peer Advisors share advice on the application process, provide feedback on Statement of Purpose and UCLA Diversity Fellowship essays, and answer general questions about Luskin and the public policy field. We gladly provide our services to ALL who are interested and highly encourage individuals from underrepresented backgrounds (students of color, LGBTQ-identifying, low-income, different abilities, etc.) to reach out to our team.

Disclaimer: Please be advised that the PPDE Peer Advising Program does not, in any way, guarantee admission to the UCLA Luskin MPP program. Current Luskin MPP students provide advice and feedback on the admission essays and answer general questions about Luskin to the best of their knowledge. We are not trained by, nor do we represent, in any way, the admissions committee or the Luskin MPP Administration. Comments and advice are purely to help prospective applicants better communicate their skills and strengths in the admission essays and to make a more informed decision about the public policy graduate program.

Program Timeline

Monday, October 5th-Sunday, October 18th- Program Enrollment

November 2nd: Program Acceptance Notification and Pairing of Peer Advisor

November 2nd-January 10, 2021: Length of Program

Program Structure and Process

For prospective applicants who want to participate, please follow the instructions below.

  1. Complete the PPDE Peer Application Advising Registration Form
  2. If you would like assistance with your admission essays, send Statement of Purpose (SOP) and UCLA Fellowship essays (if applying) to ppde.peer.advising@gmail.com as a Word document. If you have not started the essays, please attached a document with brainstormed ideas (i.e. outline). Please save the documents in the following format: “FullName_SOP.doc” and “FullName_UCLAFellowship.doc”
    1. Examples: “JoeBruin_SOP.doc” and “JoeBruin_UCLAFellowship.doc”
  3. Include in the subject line of your email, “PPDE Peer Advising: Last Name, First Name”
  4. If you have additional questions or concerns about the curriculum, the public policy degree, or student life at Luskin (or if you just want to introduce yourself!), include it in the body of the email along with your SOP and Fellowship statements.
  5.  Peer Application Advising Program Form is accepted on a rolling basis.

Connect With Us

Have additional questions about being a student in the MPP program? Feel free to contact the department’s Outreach Coordinator and a current MPP student at luskinmppoutreach@gmail.com.

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