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The School of Public Policy at Pepperdine University

The School of Public Policy at Pepperdine University enrolls approximately 100 students and offers a Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree built on a distinctive philosophy of nurturing leaders to use the tools of analysis and policy design to effect successful implementation and real change.

The School of Public Policy at Pepperdine University enrolls approximately 100 students and offers a Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree 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.

Early public policy programs traditionally trained students to be analysts, helping to design effective government programs. While devoting significant attention to such analysis, Pepperdine is committed to nurturing leaders who can use these tools to effect real change.

Beyond useful tools, this requires critical insights produced only by a broad understanding of the history and philosophy undergirding free institutions and an exposure to great ideas, courageous thinkers, and extraordinary leaders. It is based on the conviction that culture and personal moral certainties are also the valid concern of higher education—in fact, an important foundation for analysis. This significant and unique perspective is reflected in the core curriculum, unashamedly setting it apart from many other public policy programs.

The Master of Public Policy (MPP) is a requires 64 units of course work with four four-unit courses taken each semester for two academic years (four semesters). Joint degree programs offered include the MPP/JD degree, MPP/MDR degree, and the MPP.

Students will choose an area of special interest. Specialization courses are offered in:

  • Public Policy and Economics
  • Public Policy and American Politics
  • Public Policy and International Relations
  • State and Local Policy
For information on the Pepperdine University School of Public Policy admission requirements, please visit our admission home page.

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