University of California, Riverside

School of Public Policy



MPP Curriculum


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Frequently Asked Questions: Admissions


How do I apply?
What is the deadline for admission? Do all application components have to be in by the deadline?
What supplemental documentation is submitted through GradSIS?
What supplemental documentation will need to be mailed in?
What is the department mailing address?
What are the minimum scores accepted?
Where can I send my test scores?
Do you accept scores from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)?
What can delay the processing of my application?
Do I send in the Confidential Financial Statement along with my other documents?
I checked GradSIS and my materials received status has not been updated.
What if I do not meet the minimum requirements for test scores or GPA? Should I apply anyway?
Do I have to take the TOEFL?
What forms of payment are accepted for the application fee?
Is a bachelor's degree in Public Policy required?
Are there any course requirements or recommended courses to prepare for the MPP program?
How many students are accepted into the program each year?
I have been accepted into the program but would like to defer my start to Winter, Spring or defer one year. Can this be done?
Do you have any advice to increase my chances of being accepted?
What is the normative time to degree?
I am in the area, can I come and visit the campus?
Does UCR guarantee housing for graduate students?
I am taking/have taken some of your core courses at my institution, can the credits be transferred?

How do I apply?

If you are ready to start your application, please visit: http://graduate.ucr.edu/grad_admissions.html.


What is the deadline for admission? Do all application components have to be in by the deadline?

For Fall 2016 admission, priority deadline for optimum funding is January 25, 2016. We will continue to accept applications after this deadline, however applications received by the optimum funding deadline will be considered first for available funding. Other components of your application (e.g. transcripts, GRE scores, letters of reference, etc.) can arrive after the application is submitted. All components of the application should be completed within two weeks of the application submission date.


What supplemental documentation is submitted through GradSIS?

  • Statement of Purpose
  • International Student Confidential Financial Statement (if applicable)
  • Disclaimer Statement and Fee Payment Form
  • Application Fee
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE Score(s)
  • TOEFL Score or IELTS Score (if applicable)

What supplemental documentation will need to be mailed in?

One official sealed transcript from your undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) institutions. Transcripts should also be translated into English if you have attended a foreign institution. If you already have your bachelor's or master's degree we will also accept copies of your degree certificate(s).


What is the department mailing address?

University of California, Riverside
School of Public Policy
Graduate Program
900 University Avenue
INTS 4133
Riverside, CA 92521


What are the minimum scores accepted?

  • GPA: 3.0
  • GRE: 1100 (old test), 300 (new test) - 150 verbal and 150 quantitative
  • TOEFL (paper based): 550
  • TOEFL (computer based): 213
  • TOEFL (internet based): 80
  • IELTS: overall score of 7, with no individual section score less than 6

Where can I send my test scores?

The UCR Institution Code: 4839. There is currently no assigned department code, you can either enter 0000 or 1903 (Public Policy Analysis), the scores will be routed to your application correctly either way.


Do you accept scores from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)?

Yes, an overall score of 7 is required with no individual section score less than 6. Please request an Official Test Report Form (TRF) of your IELTS. Ask the administrator to mail it to:

Graduate Admissions Office
Graduate Division
University Office Building
University of California, Riverside
Riverside, CA 92521, USA

For additional information, please refer to the Graduate Division website.


What can delay the processing of my application?

  • Letters of Recommendation that have a recommender e-mail address that is not from a university e-mail address will greatly delay your application as the recommender must be contacted to verify the letter was written. Please make sure a university e-mail address is given when listing a faculty member as a recommender.
  • Foreign transcripts not translated into English can also cause a delay.

Do I send in the Confidential Financial Statement along with my other documents?

No, this is not necessary. If you are admitted into the program, we will request this information from you directly.


I checked GradSIS and my materials received status has not been updated.

Please allow at least a couple of weeks for your materials received status to be updated for documents that are mailed in. Different components of your application are reviewed separately and updated separately as well which is why you may see various update times. Also the University closes for two weeks at the end of December which can delay status updates once staff return in January. Due to the large volume of applications in January, there may be up to a three week delay in status updates. If you have used a delivery service (UPS, FedEx, DHL, etc), please use their delivery confirmation as confirmation that the department has received your hard copy materials.


What if I do not meet the minimum requirements for test scores or GPA? Should I apply anyway?

The Admissions Committee will be reviewing an applicant's overall file and taking many different factors into consideration. However, keep in mind that admission is a very competitive process. So if your file is obviously weak, you may want to save yourself the trouble and expense of the application process. Think about possible ways to strengthen your case and apply next year.


Do I have to take the TOEFL?

International students, permanent residents, and even U.S. citizens whose native language is not English and who do not have a bachelor's or postgraduate degree from an institution where English is the exclusive language of instruction are required to complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). You also have the option of taking the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).


What forms of payment are accepted for the application fee?

The online application system, GradSIS allows you to pay by credit card. If you cannot pay by credit card, please contact Graduate Division for alternate forms of payment: (951) 827-3313.


Is a bachelor's degree in Public Policy required?

No, due to the interdisciplinary nature of the graduate program applicants from all majors are considered.


Are there any course requirements or recommended courses to prepare for the MPP program?

Recommended courses include: microeconomics, statistics, and introduction to politics and government. If you are missing any of these courses, once you are admitted to the program the Graduate Advisor would recommend taking a course while enrolled in the program or auditing a course.


How many students are accepted into the program each year?

We are targeting 25 students for the Fall 2016 cohort.


I have been accepted into the program but would like to defer my start to Winter, Spring or defer one year. Can this be done?

Graduate Division does not defer admission to Winter or Spring if you were admitted for Fall.


Do you have any advice to increase my chances of being accepted?

Be specific in your personal statement: Why are you interested in an MPP? What do you want to do in life? And how will the MPP help you get there? Also, make sure your application is complete, i.e. pay your application fee, make sure your recommendation letter writers send in letters on time, and that original transcripts are sent. Make sure that your GRE and TOEFL (if applicable) scores are recent. Finally, make sure you list a valid email address on the application, and keep the address current. Notify us of any changes.


What is the normative time to degree?

For a MPP the normative Time to Degree is 6 quarters.


I am in the area, can I come and visit the campus?

Yes, please contact Brian Nakamura at brian.nakamura@ucr.edu or (951) 827-2357 to organize a site visit.


Does UCR guarantee housing for graduate students?

Unfortunately we do not guarantee housing at this time. However, housing is offered both on and off campus. Please visit the Housing Services website for more information.


I am taking/have taken some of your core courses at my institution, can the credits be transferred?

Transfer of credit is done on a case-by-case basis. A maximum of 8 units can be transferred into a program at UCR as long as the units were not previously used to complete a degree. For example if you took equivalent core courses to complete a master's program, those courses would not be eligible for transfer of credit. In general, we only transfer credits taken at U.S. institutions.


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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

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