Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements


Admission Criteria

The MPP Admissions Committee uses a holistic approach when reviewing a candidate’s file for admission. Our holistic approach includes multiple indicators such as the candidate’s past academic performance and professional profile, letters of recommendation, and personal statements. The committee also considers leadership and work experience, internships, and volunteerism, but it is not required for admission. The committee carefully reviews and considers all of these indicators in selecting successful candidates. Students should have a GPA of 3.0 or higher for their last two years of coursework. Students with less than a 3.0 are still encouraged to apply. We encourage students to have completed coursework in statistics, economics, and politics or government. Students from all undergraduate majors are eligible to apply. The GRE is not required.


Application Requirements

To apply, you must complete an online application through the UCR Graduate Division website. Applications for Fall 2021 are now open (more information available on the Graduate Division website). You will be required to provide:

  • 3 letters of recommendation (at least 1 must be an academic reference)
  • Statement of purpose
    • The personal statement and statement of purpose are an opportunity for the admissions committee to learn about your interest in public policy, goals for the future, and how your experience (e.g., personal, work, volunteer, leadership) has prepared you for the MPP program. Each statement should be about two pages in length, double spaced, and included as attachments.
  • Personal history statement
  • Resume with related professional and volunteer experience
  • GRE scores (Optional)
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores - for international students only
  • Official transcripts (Unofficial transcripts are accepted. Due to the pandemic and campus closure, transcripts should be submitted electronically.)
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