Current UCLA Students Admitted as Freshmen

Freshmen students who are admitted to UCLA as pre-public affairs majors are admitted to the College of Letters and Science and must apply no later than winter quarter of their second year to be admitted to both the Luskin School of Public Affairs and the Public Affairs major. The Luskin School of Public Affairs requires the same University, Writing, Foreign Language, Quantitative Reasoning, Diversity, and General Education Requirements as the College of Letters and Science. Thus, by beginning their UCLA career in the College, pre-public affairs majors are afforded the flexibility to explore multiple majors and minors while also making progress toward the Public Affairs major.

First or second year UCLA students who are in good academic standing (i.e. minimum 2.0 term and cumulative GPA), may declare the Public Affairs Pre-major by completing the Public Affairs Pre-Major Form. Please allow 1-2 business days from the date of submission for your petition to be processed. You can review your petition status via MyUCLA > Academics > “Advising and Academic Services” > Petitions.

Be advised that students who have completed three quarters are UCLA and who submit a Public Affairs Pre-Major Form will be asked to meet with a Luskin undergraduate academic counselor to ensure that they are on-track to meet the major application requirements.

To pursue the Public Affairs major, students who are admitted to UCLA as freshmen must apply to the major no later than winter quarter of their second year. The annual application process opens in late winter quarter and closes in early spring quarter. Students are notified of the outcome of their application before the end of spring quarter of their application year.  Students are strongly encouraged to attend a Major Application Information Session in the winter quarter of the year they are applying to the major.

To be eligible to apply to the Public Affairs major, students must:

  • Be in good academic standing (i.e. minimum 2.0 term and cumulative GPA), and
  • Complete PUB AFF 40, PUB AFF 60, and 3 additional PUB AFF prep courses (5 courses in total) with a minimum C grade in each course, and
  • Have completed at least 45 units (including AP/IB/transfer units) and no more than 135 units (excluding AP/IB/transfer units), by the end of winter quarter of the year they apply.

Students who do not apply to the Public Affairs major by winter quarter of their second year are not eligible to declare or pursue the Public Affairs major.

If you are not eligible to declare the Public Affairs major we recommend that you consider pursuing the Public Affairs minor instead.

For questions about the application process, and/or your eligibility to declare the Public Affairs major, contact the Luskin Undergraduate Program Office via MyUCLA Message Center.

Admission Guidelines

  • If students miss the 2nd year application deadline, they may consult with a Public Affairs Advisor to find out if a late application may be possible. Late applications may be considered during Fall of their 3rd year if space permits. Students who are permitted to apply late must still meet the criteria above by the end of the summer quarter before their 3rd Students are not permitted to apply after Fall quarter of their 3rd year.
  • Students should have a backup major in mind in the event they are not accepted into the Public Affairs major. Students may schedule an appointment with a Public Affairs advisor, via MyUCLA Message Center, to discuss suitable options.
  • Student athletes who wish to pursue the Public Affairs major should contact the Public Affairs Undergraduate Program Office via MyUCLA Message Center as soon as possible to create a study plan that complements their athletic schedule.

Students who plan to graduate within 3 years should to apply to the major winter quarter of their 1st year, assuming they meet the application eligibility criteria by the end of winter quarter of their 1st year.

In the event a student cannot complete the required courses by the end of winter quarter of the 1st year, the student may be eligible to apply in year two, and still graduate within three years. These students MUST contact the Experiential Learning Capstone Advisor and Coordinator, Kevin Medina, no later than the end of week two of winter quarter of the 2nd year to discuss their capstone internship placement and experiential learning requirements. If the student fails to notify the Capstone Advisor and Coordinator of their plan to graduate early by the stated deadline, the student will not be eligible to graduate early as part of the Public Affairs major. In that case, the student will either have to move to a 4-year plan or seek a new major.

Students completing a 3-year plan should carefully review the experiential learning requirements and the sample 3-year study plan. The capstone workshops MUST be completed before the student can start the internship series. Failure to complete the workshops will result in the student being ineligible for the capstone series, and therefore the major.

The Luskin School of Public Affairs Undergraduate Program is now accepting applications for the Public Affairs major 2021 application cycle. Students who meet the eligibility criteria listed below are eligible to apply during Fall 2021. Be advised that completion of course requirements, or a high GPA alone, do not guarantee admission to the major. Transfer students who were not admitted to UCLA as Public Affairs majors are not eligible to apply to the Public Affairs major.

Fall 2021 major application cycle eligibility criteria:

  • Must be admitted to UCLA as a freshman in Fall 2018 or Fall 2019 and have an intended degree candidacy term no later than Spring 2023 or be admitted to UCLA as a freshman in Fall 2020 and plan to graduate early.
  • Must be in good standing at UCLA at the time of application. This means students must have a minimum 2.0 term and cumulative GPA and cannot be on Probation or Subject to Dismissal status when they apply.
  • Must have completed the following by the end of Summer 2021:
  1. PUB AFF 40 with a C or better (the admissions committee will consider applications from students who completed this course on a P/NP basis or who took a different microeconomics course at UCLA), and
  2. PUB AFF 60 with a C or better (the admissions committee will consider applications from students who completed this course on a P/NP basis or who took a different introductory statistics/data analysis course at UCLA), and
  3. Three additional PUBLIC AFFAIRS major preparation courses with a C or better in each course (the admissions committee will consider applications from students who completed these courses on a P/NP basis).
  • Have completed at least 45 units (including AP and transfer units, if needed) by the end of Summer 2021.
  • Have not exceeded 135 units of coursework (not including AP or other transfer units, if that brings the total over 135 units), by the end of Summer 2021.

Please note that the Fall 2021 application cycle is not intended for students who were admitted Fall 2020 and are pursuing a traditional 4-year (12 quarter plan). If you were admitted in Fall 2020 and are following a traditional 4-year plan, you will be invited to apply to the major at the end of Winter 2022.

The Fall 2021 Public Affairs major application is open Monday, September 20, 2021 at 8:30 am – Friday, October 15, 2021 at 5:00 pm PST.

To apply to the Public Affairs major, students must submit their completed application materials via the online application available here. We recommend that students carefully review the “Public Affairs Major Application: Fall 2021 Application Instructions” (updated link available on September 20, 2021 at 8:30 am PST) prior to beginning the application process.

Admission to the Public Affairs major is not guaranteed. Applications will be reviewed holistically based on academic performance and submitted application materials. Please make sure to complete all aspects of the application. Incomplete applications, including applications that are improperly assembled or labeled at the time the application closes, will not be considered.

Application decisions will be emailed to students on Friday, October 29, 2021 by 5pm (PST).

Important Links

Questions? Contact the Public Affairs Undergraduate Program Office via MyUCLA Message Center or at 310-794-4080.

Current UCLA Transfer Students

Transfer students are admitted to UCLA as Public Affairs Pre-Majors in the College of Letters and Science. During orientation, transfer students are officially coded as students in the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and as Public Affairs majors. This process is automatic and students are not required to submit any paperwork to initiate and complete the process.

Transfer students must be admitted to UCLA as a Public Affairs Pre-Major to be eligible to pursue the Public Affairs major. If you are a transfer student who is not eligible to declare the Public Affairs major, we recommend that you consider pursuing the Public Affairs minor instead.