Prospective Freshman Applicants

To be considered for admission to UCLA as a freshman, you must fulfill the academic subject and test requirements. We understand that UCLA’s subject requirements may be difficult for some applicants to meet due to differences in school curricula. All applications for admission are reviewed within the context of courses available to them.

High school students interested in the B.A. in Public Affairs major should complete the general UC application and select Public Affairs as a pre-major preference. Please note that the Public Affairs pre-major is housed in the College of Letters and Science. Freshmen students who are admitted to UCLA as public affairs pre-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 UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and the Public Affairs major.

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Prospective Transfer Applicants

Admission Information for Transfer Students

UCLA is committed to being a transfer-friendly institution. A strong academic preparation and performance make you a more competitive candidate during the admission review process. Refer to the Transfer Admission Guide for the Public Affairs guidelines and articulation agreements. Applicants should use the Transfer Admission Guide, www.assist.org (for California Community College Students), and www.transferology.com to determine which specific courses you should take at your institution. This guide is not a substitute or replacement for your college counselor who can advise you about requirements for multiple universities.

Transfer students must be admitted into the pre-major upon their admission into UCLA to be eligible to pursue the Public Affairs major. Transfer students who were not admitted into the pre-major are not eligible for the major.

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Completing the Public Affairs Major Preparation Requirements Prior to Transfer

To be competitive for admission, it is strongly recommended that transfer students complete four (4) major preparation courses including Microeconomics and Introduction to Statistical Reasoning, by the end of the fall prior to transfer. Students must take all major preparation courses for a letter grade and receive a B grade or better in these courses to be competitive. Additional major preparation should be completed by the end of the spring term prior to transfer.

The chart below outlines the course substitutions for the eight lower division Public Affairs major preparation requirements. Prospective transfer students should use the Transfer Admission Guide, www.assist.org (for California Community College Students), and www.transferology.com to determine the courses you should complete at your institution.

Major Preparation Courses Course Substitutions based on course articulations1
PUB AFF 10. Social Problems and Social Change (5 units) No articulations or course substitutions, must be completed at UCLA
PUB AFF 20. Power, Politics, and Policy Change (5 units) Political Science 40. Introduction to American Politics
PUB AFF 30. Comparative Analysis of Wealth, Policy, and Power (5 units) Political Science 50. Introduction to Comparative Politics
PUB AFF 40. Microeconomics for Public Affairs (5 units) Economics 1. Principles of Economics
PUB AFF 50. Foundations and Debates in Public Thought (5 units) Political Science 10. Introduction to Political Theory
PUB AFF 60. Using Data to Learn about Society: Introduction to Empirical Research and Statistics (5 units) Statistics 10. Introduction to Statistical Reasoning
PUB AFF 70. Information, Evidence, and Persuasion (4 units) No articulations or course substitutions, must be completed at UCLA
PUB AFF 80. How Social Environments Shape Human Development (4 units) No articulations or course substitutions, must be completed at UCLA or petition transfer coursework2
1 Once admitted to UCLA, students must consult with a Luskin Academic Counselor to discuss course substitutions and determine which major preparation courses must be completed at UCLA.

2 PUB AFF 80 may be satisfied with a transferable lifespan or human development course.