B.A./M.P.P. (BA/MPP)

Public Policy (GP76)

The Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Master of Public Policy is a five-year combined degree program offered by the School of Global Policy and Strategy and Department of Economics at UC San Diego. The program is open only to undergraduate Economics majors at UC San Diego. Prior to submitting your application, make an advising appointment by emailing gps-ugprogram@ucsd.edu to ensure you are eligible. Application materials must be uploaded or postmarked received by April 10.

Program Info

Area of Study School of Global Policy and Strategy
Program Overview Combining the high quality undergraduate education in the Department of Economics with the widely recognized state of the art training in the skills of policy design and evaluation at the School of Global Policy and Strategy, graduates from this five-year pro-gram will be well positioned to work in public, non-profit, and private sector employment. The curriculum is built around micro– and macro-economics and econometrics, economic policy analysis, public finance and taxation, the study of the politics of policy making and implementation, law and regulation, institutional processes, the opportunity for the development of advanced training in hard skills such as GIS and remote sensing, and a full year of developing an expertise in at least one area of public policy.

Specializations are designed for students to acquire expertise in a functional area of their choice and consist of five courses from a prescribed list: two required and three electives. Students will choose one of the following Areas of Specialization:

American and Comparative Business Regulation
Environmental Policy
Health Policy
Inequality and Social Policy
Peace and Security
Program Design and Evaluation

Department School of Global Policy and Strategy
Major Public Policy
Degree B.A./M.P.P. (current UCSD students only)
Admissions Terms Fall
Additional Notes

While the BA/MPP does not have a language requirement, students may decide that language proficiency is an important skill for their career goal. Students will be allowed to use up to 12 graded units of undergraduate or GPS language courses toward the 92 units required for the degree. The courses must be taken at UCSD or through a UC transferable program while a matriculated student at GPS, and must match course work on a country focus. Approval by petition by fall of the second year is required.

Latin America—Spanish or Brazilian Portuguese
China—Mandarin Chinese
Southeast Asia—Bahasa Indonesian, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Burmese, Tagalog, Hindi, and Thai
Other regions/countries and appropriate languages may be allowed by petition and intellectual justification.

Application Deadlines April 10, 2021 (Fall 2022)

Basic Requirement

Admissions Tests
English Proficiency Exams

(international applicants only)

A test of English language proficiency is required for international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied full-time for one uninterrupted academic year at a university-level institution in which English is the language of instruction and in a country where English is a dominant language.

The following test(s) are accepted by this department:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Language Tests are not required for international applicants - they meet the criteria based on coursework completed at UC San Diego by the time they apply to the BA/.MPP
Letters of Recommendation

Minimum of 2 recommendations required.

In Lieu of a letter of recommendation, recommenders may opt to complete the rubric on the application.

Statement of Purpose



Statement of Purpose has no word limit, and can include the following information:

Your research interests and/or professional objectives in public policy
How your background has prepared you to pursue these objectives
How the GPS program will help you achieve these objectives



Contact Info

Website gps.ucsd.edu
Email gps-apply@ucsd.edu
Campus Office School of Global Policy and Strategy
UC San Diego
Robinson Building Complex
Phone 858 534 5914
Mailing Address
Office of Admissions
School of Global Policy and Strategy
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0519
La Jolla, CA 92093-0519