University of California, Riverside

School of Public Policy

Prospective Students

Benefits of Being an SPP Student

At UCR, we are training tomorrow’s public policy leaders. With our commitment to advancing the public interest, we are equipping students with the tools necessary for successful careers in government, politics, and public affairs within public, non-profit or private sectors. Our students will benefit from:

UCR's Public Policy Strengths

Drawing from UCR's research centers, institutes and distinguished faculty, the UCR School of Public Policy will offer students a rich variety of coursework and field experience in many different areas of public policy such as: environmental sciences, water, sustainable suburban development, biodiversity and species conservation, energy and transportation, poverty and economic development, agriculture and biotechnology, health, immigration, crime and justice studies, education, and media and cultural studies.


With one of the most ethnically diverse student bodies in the nation, UCR is located in one of the most diverse regions of the state of California. UCR's School of Public Policy seeks to train future policy leaders who will emphasize cultural competency and sensitivity to the unique and diverse population of Inland Southern California, and who will partner with community stakeholders and solve some of the biggest challenges facing the region.


The UCR School of Public Policy is located approximately 50 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, and is within easy driving distance of major cultural and recreational sites, as well as desert, mountain and coastal destinations.

 UCR Distinctions

  • 2nd in community service participation and hours served according to Washington Monthly (2014)
  • The top university according to an interactive scale created by Time magazine to anticipate federal standards for access and affordability (2014)
  • Among the top 10 in the world in natural sciences and engineering, and among the top 100 in the world in social sciences and humanities, according to the CWTS Leiden Ranking (2013)
  • 12th in the nation in diversity according to U.S. News & World Report (2013–2014)
  • Included in the Princeton Review's "Guide to 322 Green Colleges" (2013) due to UCR's "strong commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation
  • Selected as a "Military Friendly School" (2013–2014) by Victory Media

Possible Career Paths for Public Policy Students

  • Policy analyst for state, local, or federal government
  • Advocates for policy interests in the state legislature and in city and county governments
  • Governmental (or public) relations officers for private-sector firms
  • Local government administrators, including city/county management and budget and personnel analysts
  • Program administrators in state and local governments and community-based organizations.

Application Information

Please check back periodically for updates on the MPP and other forthcoming programs.

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Contact Information

School of Public Policy
Anil B. Deolalikar
Founding Dean
Professor of Economics

Student Affairs
Tel: (951) 827-2334

Dean’s Office
4133 CHASS Interdisciplinary South
Tel: (951) 827-5564

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