Public Affairs Major Curriculum
Join the Public Affairs Program
Adding the Pre-Major
First or second year UCLA Students, in good academic standing, may declare the pre-major by completing the Pre-Major Form and then returning it to the Undergraduate Student Services Office at Luskin in 3357 Public Affairs, or via MyUCLA Message Center.
Pre-Majors are given first pass enrollment privileges in the lower division (pre-major requirement) courses.
Students must complete, with a C or better, at least five of the eight required lower division Public Affairs courses (including courses taken winter quarter) to be eligible to apply to the major by the Winter Quarter of their second year. Completed courses must include PA 40 & PA 60.
Applying to the Major
The following information outlines criteria for admission to the Public Affairs major for students who were admitted to UCLA as freshmen. For students who were admitted to UCLA as Junior Transfer students, please see the Information for Transfer Students page.
Major Admission Qualification for UCLA Students
Students may only apply to the Public Affairs major during winter quarter of their 1st or 2nd year, once they have satisfied the following criteria:
- Must be in good standing at UCLA at the time of application. This means students cannot be on Probation or Subject to Dismissal status when they apply.
- Have completed, with a C or better, at least five of the eight required lower division Public Affairs courses (including courses taken winter quarter). Completed courses must include PA 40 & PA 60. The remaining three courses, if not yet taken, must be taken as soon as possible, and during the third year at the latest. All courses for both the pre-major and the major must be taken for a letter grade.
- Have completed at least 45 units (including AP and transfer units, if needed) by the end of winter quarter of the year they apply.
- 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 winter quarter the year they apply.
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 the 3rd year if space permits. Students who are permitted to apply late must still meet the criteria above by the end of fall quarter of the 3rd year. Students are not permitted to apply after Fall quarter of the 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.
The Winter 2020 application will open in March. Check back here for a link to the application! Admission is not guaranteed. Applications will be reviewed based on academic performance and additional application materials, including an essay. Completion of course requirements, or high GPA alone, does not guarantee admission to the major.
Questions? Contact the Public Affairs Undergraduate Advising Office via MyUCLA Message Center or at 310-794-4080.
Major Application FAQ
- What are my chances of getting in?
- Our faculty will take a holistic approach to application reviews. There is no one thing that will prevent you from being admitted but instead they will look at all your abilities. With that said, this is an academic program so academics will play a key role. If you are concerned about your grades please schedule an appointment with on our our advisors.
- What is the average or minimum GPA?
- There isn’t an average nor a minimum. The faculty committee will look at all application components, grades, short answer responses, essay etc.
- If I am not admitted this year, can I reapply next year?
- You may only apply to the Public Affairs major during winter quarter of your 1st or 2nd year. If you are not admitted in your first year, you may reapply during your second year as long as you do not exceed 135 units of coursework by the end of winter quarter the year they apply.
- When will decisions be released?
- Decisions will be released by early June, at the latest. You will be notified if you are admitted to the major prior to Fall enrollment.
- The Public Affairs Pre-Major is part of the College of Letters & Science. Students are welcome to visit the Public Affairs Advising Office for information about the major but the College Advising Unit (Academic Advancement Program (AAP), College Academic Counseling (CAC), Honors Program, Student Athletics Advising) remains the primary advising unit.
- The Public Affairs Major is part of the Luskin School of Public Affairs. Students admitted to the major will visit the Public Affairs Advising Office for all counseling needs.
- The Luskin School of Public Affairs requires the same University, Writing, Quantitative Reasoning, Diversity, and General Education Requirements as the College of Letters & Science.
For Students in the Public Affairs Major:
- All upper division courses for the major must be from the PUB AFF subject area. Students can petition to use non-PUB AFF courses but petitions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.