Master of Public Policy (MPP)

Master of Public Policy (IR79)

The Master of Public Policy (MPP) is a two-year, full-time professional degree program. Constructing the scaffolding for policy making in a global context is the critical component of the MPP. This degree provides graduates with the skills needed to compare best practices in the United States, Latin America, Asia and beyond.

Program Info

Area of Study School of Global Policy and Strategy
Program Overview The Master of Public Policy (MPP) combines social-science policy expertise with UC San Diego's strengths in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and health sciences.

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 Master of Public Policy
Degree Master of Public Policy
Admissions Terms Fall
Additional Notes

While the 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 24 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 January 15, 2022 (Fall 2022)

Basic Requirement

Admissions Tests
GPS will not require or consider GRE or GMAT scores for Fall 2022 admission.
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)
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
PTE (Pearson Test of English)

Applicants to the MPP must submit either a TOEFL, IELTS or PTE score report to be considered for admission to GPS.
Letters of Recommendation

Minimum of 3 recommendations required.

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

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