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 Politics and Policy
Energy and Environmental Policy
Health Policy
International Business and Regulation
Program Design and Evaluation
Security Policy

Department School of Global Policy and Strategy
Major Master of Public Policy
Degree Master of Public Policy
Admissions Terms Fall
Additional Notes

Proficiency in a foreign language is not required for the MPP. Language coursework may be counted toward the degree as long as the language matches an elective regional or country specialization in the Asia Pacific.

**Applications submitted after January 15 will be considered on a rolling basis. Contact for more information.

Application Deadlines December 4, 2018 (Fall 2019)

Basic Requirement

Admissions Tests

GRE General or GMAT is required.

Applicants to the MPP must submit either a GRE or GMAT score report to be considered for admission to GPS.
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, #0519
La Jolla, CA 92093-0519