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Fall 2014 Admissions Decisions

MPP Program

Dear Applicants,

Please sit tight! Admissions decisions will be going out via e-mail in early March. 


GSPP Student Services Team

The Goldman School Goes to DC

A Glimpse of Our Annual Networking Event

Every fall, Goldman School students are given the opportunity to meet and network with prospective employers and Goldman School alumni in and around our nation's capital. Students are funded to travel to attend site visits, an alumni panel, and a networking reception. Some highlights from the 2-day program include:

Site Visits with DC Prospective Employers

Site visits are group informational meetings for students hosted at the specific employer’s offices in Washington, DC.  These sessions include presentations by key public policy professionals in the organization working on areas of interest to students, including information from human resources staff regarding employment and internship opportunities and application procedures. Past site visits: US Department of the Treasury • Center for Clean Air Policy • Congressional Budget Office • Office of Management & Budget • Center for Budget & Policy Priorities • Urban Institute • The World Bank • Department of Health & Human Services

Expert Panels

in addition to site visits, convening an expert panel focused on a specific issue area of great interest to our students gives students exposure to different employment opportunities in the area. Past expert panels: International Development • Energy & Environment Policy

Networking Reception

Prospective employers and GSPP alumni in the Washington, DC Area are invited to network with students who are prospective candidates for future internship and employment opportunities. 

Conducting Informational Interviews

Students are encouraged to maximize their networking opportunities by scheduling informational or job interviews while they are visiting the Washington, DC area.

Diversity Day 2014

Save the Date!

Mark your calendars for Diversity Day 2014!

Date: Sunday, March 16th, 2014

Time: 9am-2pm

Location: Alumni House-Toll Room

This event is restricted to new MPP and PhD admitted students ONLY. Check back soon for RSVP instructions.

An introduction to the UC Berkeley campus for prospective graduate students who have been admitted to the University. Presentations, discussion, and department visits will address the experiences of students from groups that have historically been excluded from, or who have experienced barriers to, participation in higher education.

Graduate Education at UC Berkeley

Just the Facts

National and international rankings of graduate programs place Berkeley among the very best.

The 2013 Academic Ranking of World Universities rates Berkeley number three in the world. 

Graduate admissions are more competitive than ever with record applicants and strong yield.

Berkeley received nearly 38,000 graduate applications for the fall 2013 entering class.

Berkeley’s graduate student body is diverse and representative of today’s world.

Berkeley is a recognized leader in addressing the “leaky pipeline” affecting women graduate students, particularly in STEM fields, and has led the way in designing family-friendly policies, including paid maternity leave and parent grants. Last fall, our campus was the first public university to launch a back-up childcare program for all student parents. 

Berkeley faculty value and appreciate the indispensable role of our graduate students.

A recent faculty climate survey showed that faculty rated the quality of Berkeley graduate students as the most important contributor to their sense of satisfaction with their university work.

Newly Admitted Students!

Events in Berkeley and Washington, D.C.

(Before you read on, we are still reviewing applications. Decisions will be sent out in early March.)

Wherever you are, we have an Admitted Students Day for you! This is your chance to meet with students, alumni, faculty, and administrators to discuss curriculum, career services, and student life.

• Wednesday, March 26, 2014 join us in Washington, D.C.

• Monday, April 7, 2014 join us in Berkeley, CA

These events are restricted to new MPP and PhD admitted students ONLY. RSVP instructions to follow notice of admission.

Do I need to take the TOEFL?

To qualify for a TOEFL exemption you must:

 Have a basic degree from a recognized institution in a country where the official language is English.

• Have completed a basic or advanced degree at an institution, in the United States or abroad, where the language of instruction is English and the institution is accredited by one of the United States' regional accrediting* agencies.

• Have completed at least one year of full-time academic course work with a grade B or better at a regionally accredited* institution within the United States.

* Regionally accredited college or university means an institution of higher education accredited by one of the following regional accreditation associations in the United States:

• Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
• New England Association of Schools and Colleges
• North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
• Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges
• Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
• Western Association of Schools and Colleges

There are two standardized tests you may take: the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), and the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Please note: If an applicant meets our TOEFL exemption, it will not be reflected on the online application. Only the Graduate Division can determine if the applicant is exempt from taking the TOEFL. This is determined at the time he or she is recommended for admission.

Questions about the application Part III

FAQ in the GSPP inbox

In the “Certification of Financial Support” section of the application, international students are directed to upload any certification of financial support. What does this mean?

In the past, international students inquired about where they should upload bank statements as proof of financial support for school. Uploading documents is optional.

FLAS Fellowship Information

• How long does Berkeley store GRE scores? 

Five years.

• I'm an international student. How can I secure an application fee waiver?

Fee waivers are only for U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Unfortunately there are no fee waiver options for international applicants.

Questions about the application Part II

FAQ in the GSPP inbox

• Is there a page limit on the Resume/CV?

We do not have a page limit, but most tend to be between two to five pages in length. We advise students to be detailed and expansive.

• Does GSPP have a GRE department code?

No. As long as you listed the correct institution code for Berkeley (4833), the Goldman School will be able to retrieve your scores.

• Can I submit my application before letters of recommendation are complete?

Yes. Letters may arrive up to 14 days after the application deadline.

• How do I delete a recommender from my application?

Once you send the invitation link to a recommender in the application, neither you nor the Admissions Office will be able to delete the recommender.

Questions about the application?

FAQ in the GSPP inbox

Are we required to write two or three statements?

Two: The Policy Statement of Purpose and the Personal History Statement. The section in the application titled Statement of Purpose is a standard field on all UCB graduate applications that we're unable to edit, so we include the Policy Statement of Purpose field to include GSPP specific instructions. For GSPP, we ask that you upload the same essay for the Statement of Purpose and Policy Statement of Purpose fields.​

Is there a page length requirement for the Personal History Statement?

There is no page length requirement for the Personal History Statement. However, this essay is generally 1-2 pages, double-spaced.

Is there a Master in Public Policy/Master of City Planning concurrent degree program?

GSPP does not have an approved concurrent degree program with the City Planning department.  If you want to obtain the MPP, you could apply and if you are admitted, then you could complete the second degree, however, you would not save any time.  You could alternate years between courses for the MPP and courses for the MCP.

• I'm taking the GRE after November 20th. Will GSPP receive my scores?

In order for your scores to arrive by the application deadline, the Goldman School recommends that you take the GRE no later than November 20, however you may take the exam as late as the first week of December 2013. If the exam is taken after this date, we can not guarantee that your application will be considered for admission. The specific deadline for the Fall 2014 admissions cycle is December 5, 2013. Other pieces of your application (i.e. transcripts, letters of recommendation - including electronic letters of recommendation, GRE scores etc) may arrive up to 14 days after the application deadline.

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