Pepperdine University

School of Public Policy

Public Policy


Pepperdine University School of Public Policy

24255 Pacific Coast Hwy

Malibu, CA 90263

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.P.P. - Master of Public Policy;M.P.P./MBA - Master of Public Policy/Master of Business Administra

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The School of Public Policy 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. Joint degree programs include the MPP/JD degree and the MPP/MDR degree in conjunction with the School of Law and the MPP/MBA degree in conjunction with the Graziadio School of Business and Management. The Davenport Institute, the research and special program division of the School of Public Policy, is dedicated to addressing current issues through major conferences, seminars, and published research.


Pepperdine University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

International Student Requirements:

Admission Requirements A completed and signed application must be submitted by May 1. Applications received after that date will be reviewed on a space-available basis. $50 nonrefundable application fee. Two letters of recommendation. Two essays. One essay should address an ethical and moral dilemma and the other essay should be a personal statement. A current resume or curriculum vitae. Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE), *Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT), or *Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) scores. Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores (Band score of 7.0 required). A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited four year college or university. Official undergraduate transcripts with degree posted. Evidence of financial responsibility (if applicable). *Please call or e-mail the Office of Admission regarding the approval for acceptance of the GMAT or LSAT scores.

Facts & Figures

In State Tuition (per year): 36440

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Locale: Large Suburb

Size & Settings: 6,000-9,999

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