University of California, Riverside

School of Public Policy



 MD/MPP Concurrent Degree Program


The Master of Public Policy (MPP) program at the University of California, Riverside prepares idealistic students like you for careers in government, politics, and public affairs within public, non-profit, or private sectors.

UCR Master of Public Policy Program

Launched in the Fall of 2015 and with degrees conferred to its inaugural cohort in Spring of 2017, the Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree offered by the UCR School of Public Policy will teach you to think globally and act locally, applying what you learn at UCR to solve the problems that have been plaguing our region for decades. We will train you in evidence-based, pragmatic policy-making to address these problems.

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As an MPP student, you can choose to specialize in a broad variety of fields. Specialization can take the form of a concentration within coursework, in the capstone project, in one’s internship, or in any combination of these.

Concentrations are available in the following policy areas:

  • Environmental and resource
  • Health
  • Education
  • Urban
  • Inequality and poverty
  • Race and immigration
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    My two years in the MPP program at UCR were an extremely challenging time, but it equipped me with the knowledge and confidence to work in the public sector. I learned how to conduct and analyze research, expanded my writing skills, and practiced my public speaking skills immensely. Electives and class projects allowed me to go into detail with specific policies of interest. I utilized my time as a graduate student to get more involved as a social justice organizer on campus, as well. UCR is a dynamic place to learn and I deeply value my experience in the program.

    -Moureen Ahmed, Masters of Public Policy Alumni

     Admissions Criteria

    • We are looking for socially-motivated and idealistic students, both domestic and international, to be part of our next MPP cohort. The program is open for fall 2017 admission to applicants who have successfully completed:
      • undergraduate courses in microeconomics, statistics, and an introduction to politics and government, or equivalent courses. (Please note that a student may still be admitted with course deficiencies. Contact our office for more information).
      • a bachelor's degree (or an approved equivalent from an accredited institution)

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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
    E-mail: jolene.sedita@ucr.edu

    Dean’s Office
    4133 CHASS Interdisciplinary South
    Tel: (951) 827-5564
    E-mail: spp-dean@ucr.edu

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