University of California, Riverside

School of Public Policy



 MD/MPP Concurrent Degree Program


The Master of Public Policy (MPP) program at the University of California, Riverside prepares idealistic students like you for careers in government, politics, and public affairs within public, non-profit, or private sectors.

UCR Master of Public Policy Program

Launched in the Fall of 2015, the Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree offered by the UCR School of Public Policy will teach you to think globally and act locally, applying what you learn at UCR to solve the problemsthat have been plaguing our region for decades. We will train you in evidence-based, pragmatic policy-making to address these problems.

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As an MPP student, you can choose to specialize in a broad variety of fields. Specialization can take the form of a concentration within coursework, in the capstone project, in one’s internship, or in any combination of these. Our faculty have expertise in and regularly teach classes in the following areas: the environment, health, immigration, social policy, political participation, poverty/inequality, race/ethnicity, education, crime and criminal justice, urban/suburban development, broadband access and the digital divide, and several other areas.

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 Admissions Criteria

  • We are looking for socially-motivated and idealistic students, both domestic and international, to be part of our next MPP cohort. The program is open for fall 2017 admission to applicants who have successfully completed:
    • undergraduate courses in microeconomics, statistics, and an introduction to politics and government, or equivalent courses. (Please note that a student may still be admitted with course deficiencies. Contact our office for more information).
    • a bachelor's degree (or an approved equivalent from an accredited institution)

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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
E-mail: jolene.sedita@ucr.edu

Dean’s Office
4133 CHASS Interdisciplinary South
Tel: (951) 827-5564
E-mail: spp-dean@ucr.edu

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