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

  • Time Magazine ranked UC Riverside #1 based on metrics of graduation rate, affordability, and the financial aid available to students.
  • Washington Monthly (August 2015) ranked UC Riverside 2nd in the nation in its annual University and College Survey.
  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University (August 2015) Academic Ranking of World Universities ranked UC Riverside among the top-150. This survey bills itself as "the most trustworthy precursor of global rankings of the world’s top 500 universities."

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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