University of California - Riverside

School of Public Policy

Master of Public Policy


CNAS Graduate Student Affairs Center

Anderson Hall, South

Riverside, CA 92521

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.)

Format: Campus

Program Description:

UCR’s Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree will provide a new and different focus from other public policy programs. Three distinguishing characteristics of the program will position it to be a national leader in public policy thought, education, and scholarship: 1. The UCR MPP program will be unique in its emphasis on the intersection and synergies between environmental and social policies. 2. It will train students in “regional” policy-making, or policy-making that transcends traditional jurisdictional and administrative boundaries (such as the city, county, state and country). 3. Finally, it will highlight similarities between the policy challenges facing local communities in the United States (such as communities in Inland Southern California) and policy problems confronting emerging countries (such as Mexico, Brazil, China, and India). It will train students in the skills of applying policy lessons learned globally to the policy challenges facing local communities in the United States.


The UCR campus has been accredited since 1956; reaccreditation of the campus by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) occurs approximately every ten years. UCR was most recently reaccredited on March 3, 2010. UCR's next proposal for reaccreditation is due to be submitted to WASC in fall 2018.

International Student Requirements:

Official transcripts, GRE scores, 3 letters of recommendation (2 must be academic references), statement of purpose, and a personal history statement. TOEFL or IELTS scores - for international students only. Please note that due to pending SEVIS approval, we are not accepting international applications for Fall 2015. International applications will be accepted starting Fall 2016.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 72

In State Tuition (per year): 11220 USD

Out State Tuition (per year): 26322 USD

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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