Solutions for the Region,
Solutions for the World


The Master of Public Policy (MPP) program at the UCR School of Public Policy is the only such program offered by a major research university in inland Southern California. Our students are trained in evidence-based, pragmatic policy making to solve problems plaguing our region and the world.

UCR Master of Public Policy students' training over the two-year program will be informed by:

  • a diverse, interdisciplinary curriculum that emphasizes evidence-based policy research as well as cross-learning from both international and domestic problem-solving experiences, 
  • a rich internship program that emphasizes experiential learning, and 
  • a capstone project. 

Students can choose to specialize in a broad variety of fields by a combination of the curriculum mentioned.

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Ana Yeli Ruiz
"I was drawn to the program because of the diversity of UCR and the percentage of underrepresented students the program admits. To me, this signaled that the university is invested and serious about uplifting first-generation students. The school provides endless opportunities to become involved through workshops, symposiums, etc. The School of Public Policy is helping me expand my social capital in ways that I never imagined possible."
Ana Yeli Ruiz (MPP' 20)
"I’m glad for my two years in the MPP program, as I was exposed to a wide variety of perspectives on policy making and evaluation through the different faculty, readings, guest speakers, and colleagues. The capstone project was a challenging process that allowed me to wrestle with a real world policy using the skills I learned through the program."
Fortino Morales III (MPP' 18)
Amber Bolden
"I chose UCR’s MPP program because of its flexibility for working professionals and its small class sizes. When making the decision to return to academia, I wanted to make sure I was making a wise investment. This meant selecting a university that had the resources to prepare me for a competitive workforce, in addition to being affordable and accessible to students."
Amber Bolden (MPP '18)

Interested in Other Graduate Programs?

The UCR School of Public Policy offers other ways you can earn your graduate degree. Learn more by visiting the Other Graduate Programs page.

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