Public Affairs Major Curriculum
Join the Public Affairs Program
Adding the Pre-Major
UCLA students*, in good academic standing, may declare the pre-major by completing the Pre-Major Form and then returning it to the Student Services Office 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 six of the eight lower division courses by the time of application for the major. This must include PA 40 & PA 60.
*For 2018-2019 Only:
Only current Freshman and Sophomores are eligible to pursue the pre-major in Public Affairs for the 2018-19 academic year. Sophomores are advised to meet with a Public Affairs advisor ASAP to determine the feasibility of the program.
Applying to the Major
APPLICATION INFORMATION for 2019 ONLY
The application will be open from Monday, March 4th at 8:00 am – Monday, April 8th at 12:00 noon. Students are eligible to apply if they satisfy the following criteria:
- Have taken, or are currently enrolled in, at least three pre-major courses as of Winter 2019. This must include PA 40 or PA 60.
- Have completed at least 45 letter graded units.
- Have not exceeded 130 units of coursework.
Admission is not guaranteed. Applications will be reviewed based on academic performance and submitted application materials. Incomplete applications, at the time the application closes, will not be considered.
You can access the application here! You will not be able to save your progress, so please only start the application once you have prepared all your answers to the questions and gathered all the information you will need to submit. You can view the application questions and required information in advance here, so that you can prepare before starting the online application.
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?
- Students are permitted to reapply the following year as long as they don’t exceed 130 units of coursework at the time of application.
- When will decisions be released?
- Decisions will be sent by early June, at the latest. Students will be notified if they 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 Academic Counselors remain 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.