PPIA Program

“Diversity & Leadership in Public Service”

Pepperdine University

School of Public Policy


Admissions and Student Services

Whatever one's political views, those who shape public policy today are confronted by challenges of unprecedented magnitude. In no field is there a greater need for the moral, ethical, and spiritual paradigm that the founding mission and enduring philosophy of Pepperdine University's School of Public Policy encourages. Pepperdine's strong focus on the student at the heart of the educational enterprise is especially fitted to nurture the next generation of policy leaders dedicated to making a profound difference.


Degrees Offered

Master of Public Policy (MPP), Washington, D.C. Policy Scholars program, Professional Certificate in Advanced Public Engagement for Local Government

Fields of Specialization/Study Tracks

International Relations & National Security (economic development, diplomacy studies, military and national security studies, regional studies)
American Policy & Politics (domestic policy, political philosophy, politics)
State & Local Policy (state and local policy issues, politics, California studies)
Applied Economic Policy (econometrics, survey design, applied economic analysis)
Dispute Resolution (negotiation, mediation, arbitration)

Area Studies

California (State & Local specialization); Asia, Latin America, Middle East, Eastern Europe, and Africa (International Relations & National Security specialization)

Graduate Program Overview

Pepperdine University's School of Public Policy is built on a distinctive philosophy of nurturing leaders to use the tools of analysis and policy design to effect successful implementation and real change. This requires critical insights balanced with personal moral certainties that only a broad exposure to great ideas, courageous thinkers, and extraordinary leaders can encourage. It prepares graduates for careers as leaders and seeks also to strengthen the institutions which lie between the federal government and the individual, including the family, religious organizations, volunteer associations, local and regional government, and nonprofit organizations.

Admissions Deadline

rolling admission; deadline for submitted online applications is June 15

Admissions Overview

All applicants are evaluated on their undergraduate coursework and grade point average, Graduate Record Examination (GRE)scores, career interests, recommendations, and breadth of background and experience. In the case of students coming directly from an undergraduate institution, greater weight is normally given to traditional academic criteria - undergraduate records and GRE scores-than those students with professional experience.

The School of Public Policy encourages applications from graduates of regionally accredited institutions in all areas of study.

Students are currently accepted for the fall semester only. The Admission Committee reviews applications on a rolling basis and applicants are notified of the committee's decision as soon as possible thereafter.

PPIA is a member of the Pepperdine Policy Partners Program (P4) awarding PPIA fellows, JSI and Public Service Weekend participants, and alumni admission and program perks. Explore more: https://publicpolicy.pepperdine.edu/admission/partnerships/p4.htm

Contact Information

Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, California

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