MPP Program

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 through your coursework, a capstone project, an internship, or any combination of these.

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Upcoming MPP Info Sessions


MPP Cohort 7 Statistics

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Recruitment Fairs

  • October 11th: Cal Poly Pomona Graduate & Professional School Fair | 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • October 12th-14th: UCR Graduate Division Open House
    • October 11th: Information Session | 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
    • October 12th: Faculty Panel | 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
    • October 13th: Information Session | 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
    • October 13th: Alumni Panel | 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
    • October 14th: In-Person | 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • November 2nd: UC Riverside Graduate & Professional School Fair | 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • November 5th: Diversity Forum at Long Beach Convention Center | 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.



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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