Admissions Blog

Why I Chose Goldman

Jonathan Peterson, MPP '15

Jonathan Peterson is a first-year MPP student at the Goldman School of Public Policy.

My answer to the question why I came to Goldman changes quite regularly. Sometimes, I invoke the professional answer. I came to Goldman for the analytical/quantitative toolkit that will help me become a more nimble, and hopefully more employable person.  Occasionally, you will get the policy answer. I want to change the course of public education, make higher educational institutions more accessible and affordable. You may also get the educational response. I love teaching and I love being in classrooms.  Lectures bring a smile to my face and seeing how educational institutions function is what fascinates me more than anything else. Or, you may get the vacation response. I wanted to take a break from professional life and be a student one last time, network with new people and become inspired by students who have a passion for solving public problems. 

I bring up my various answers to this question because I hope that if you are a prospective student, you are asking yourself how spending two years at Goldman will transform your own path. My answer changes because every day at Goldman seems a little bt different. I have so many answers to the question of why I came to Goldman because what I am learning is changing not only my skills, but also my perspective on how to best change the world. Perhaps my ruminations on the question of why I came to GSPP will serve to help you determine whether spending two years in a humble frat house will alter your own personal trajectory and hopefully make you a more well-rounded person along the way...read more

Student Profile

Francesca Delgado, MPP '15

Throughout the year, GSPP welcomes prospective students to campus to meet with current MPP students. They are the best on-the-ground resource for questions about electives, housing, and quality of life in the Bay Area. Not everyone can make the visit out to beautiful Berkeley, so we're bringing a current student to you! Prospective students, meet Francesca Delgado.

Year:  First

Policy Area of Concentration:  Social Policy

GSPP Graduation Year: 2015

Undergraduate School: Washington State University

Personal History: Before coming to GSPP, I worked as a probation officer in Seattle, Washington. It was a balance of protecting the community and facilitating the reintegration of offenders into society. It was this experience of providing direct services that motivated me to go to graduate school and work on the issues that can help turn people’s lives around. In my spare time, I enjoy volunteering with youth. As a program manager of a high school girls program, I helped create and facilitate monthly workshops on topics such as college prep, self-image, and healthy communication. As an undergraduate student, I majored in Political Science and had internships as a campaign scheduler for a Seattle mayoral campaign and as a legislative aide in Washington, D.C. for U.S. Senator Patty Murray.

What attracted you to GSPP? 

  • Location
  • Range of social policy professorial expertise
  • GSPP support services

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Fall 2014 Admissions Decisions

MPP Program

Congrats to our Fall 2014 MPP New Admits!

Decisions have been sent via e-mail. If you haven't received your admissions decision, please check spam. If you're using Gmail, be sure to check tabs like "Social" and "Promotions."

Why I Chose Goldman

Ignacio Camacho, MPP '15

Ignacio Camacho is a first-year MPP student at the Goldman School of Public Policy, originally from Mexico City.

If you also want to change the world, this is your place!

When I was leaving my hometown to go back to school after four years, I did not have high expectations. I had become cynical and had ceased to believe that education could provide me with new tools to improve policy making. I was tired of being looked at as a naive day-dreamer who actually wanted to… Change the world?

GSPP altered everything...read more

Fall 2014 Admissions Decisions

MPP Program

Dear Applicants,

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

Best,

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.