University of California, Riverside

School of Public Policy

Academic Programs Overview

Admission to the School of Public Policy

The UCR School of Public Policy seeks motivated students interested in policy solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing communities in California and around the world today. We value broad and diverse academic backgrounds. Each applicant's complete portfolio will be reviewed carefully in order to select students who are not only academically qualified but who also have the breadth of volunteer/community service and personal experiences to ensure that they will become successful policy leaders in the future.

 Academic Programs

Master of Public Policy (MPP)

The objective of the MPP program is to prepare you for careers in government, politics, and public affairs within public, non-profit, or private sectors. The MPP can be completed in two years by full-time students. Applications are currently open for Fall 2016 admission. Visit the MPP Program page.

Concurrent M.D./MPP

This five-year degree program is currently in development and will be offered jointly by the School of Medicine and the School of Public Policy.

Visit the MD/MPP Concurrent Degree Program Page.

Master of Science in Global Health (MGH)

This two-year degree is currently in development.

Ph.D. in Public Policy

This four- or five-year doctoral program is currently in development.

Prospective Students

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. Find the benefits of being an SPP student at the Prospective Students page

How to Apply

To apply for the MPP program, please visit the MPP application process page.


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For other inquiries, please contact:

Jolene Sedita
Tel: (951) 827-2334

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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

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

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