Get trained in evidence-based, pragmatic policy making to solve problems plaguing our region and the world.
As a UCR Master of Public Policy student, you can choose to specialize in a broad variety of fields. Specialization can take the form of a concentration within coursework, a capstone project, an internship, or any combination of these.
Other Ways to Earn Your MPP
- Students interested in the concurrent degree program will have already been admitted to the School of Medicine. Students interested in the concurrent degree program will apply to the School of Public Policy during the fall of their third year in medical school. Students will apply through the regular MPP application process.
- Students in the concurrent degree program will spend the first three years (two years of basic sciences coursework and a year of core clinical clerkships) at the School of Medicine.
- After admission into the program (i.e. acceptance by the School of Public Policy), students will spend a full academic year at the School of Public Policy.
- After completion of MPP coursework, students will finish their last year of medical school and apply for residency. During the 4th year of medical school (5th and final year of the concurrent degree program), students in the concurrent degree program will work on their health policy capstone project.
- Students from other countries may apply for the Graduate Preparation Program in Public Policy and Leadership (GPP-PPL).
- Students complete the first three years of their study at their home university
- They then undertake one year of study at UCR (36 credits), which includes graduate courses. They will also complete their capstone project from their home university.
- Afterwards, students may undertake any of the following options
- UCR Master of Public Policy program, which can be completed in 1 year instead of 2 years
- MPP program at another university, or
- One year of O.P.T. in the U.S.
Designated Emphasis (DE)
- Students must complete four graduate courses (16 units) in total, of which:
- two should be core courses in the MPP program
- one course from the list of MPP program elective courses, and
- one graduate course (from an approved list) offered by a department that is not the student’s own department.
- Note that students cannot apply units taken to fulfill the DE program requirement toward their own graduate program requirements.
- All requirements for the Designated Emphasis must be satisfied within a year of a student advancing to candidacy in their Ph.D. field; a minimum GPA of 3.0 is required for the award of the Designated Emphasis.