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Final Idealist Grad Fair

Join us in San Francisco on October 19, 2016!

The Goldman School of Public Policy is gearing up for the final Idealist Grad Fair in San Francisco. This is a great opportunity to speak with GSPP Admissions staff and alumni to learn about admissions requirements, the MPP curriculum, and life at GSPP and beyond.       

Click here to RSVP 

Event Details:  
    Date:  Wednesday, October 19, 
    Time:  5:00 - 8:00pm
    Location:  Golden Gate Park, 1199 9th Ave
    San Francisco County Fair Building
    San Francisco, CA 94122
    Cost:  FREE

Summer Internship: Impact Evaluation in Kenya

Sara Litke, MPP '17

This past summer, over ninety Goldman School students interned in government, nonprofit and private agencies throughout the US and the world. 

Sara Litke spent her summer completing a USAID Research and Innovation Fellowship (a.k.a. GDF fellowship) in rural Kenya.  Read more about Sara's internship here.

Summer Internship:  Stakeholder Engagement and Data Analysis with OUSD

Ryan Sapinoso, MPP â€˜17

In the past summer, over ninety Goldman School students interned in government, nonprofit and private agencies throughout the US and the world. 

Ryan Sapinoso completed an Education Pioneers Summer Fellowship with Oakland Unified School District’s Continuous School Improvement Department.  Read more about Ryan's internship here.  

2016-2017 GSPP Program Bulletin

The 2016-2017 GSPP Program Bulletin is out! The Bulletin is an amazing resource for information about degree programs, faculty, application instructions, financial aid, career services, & student organizations.

2016-2017 GSPP Program Bulletin.

Learn More About GSPP at an Idealist Grad Fair Near You

The GSPP Admissions Team and Alumni will be attending four Idealist Grad Fairs over the course of September and October.

Attend an Idealist Fair near you to speak with GSPP Admissions representatives and/or GSPP Alumni about admissions requirements, the MPP curriculum, and life at the Goldman School. 

SEPTEMBER

New York Idealist Grad Fair - Thursday, September 8, 2016
Washington, DC Idealist Grad Fair - Tuesday, September 27, 2016

OCTOBER

Chicago Idealist Grad Fair - Wednesady, October 5, 2016
San Francisco Idealist Grad Fair  - Wednesday, October 19, 2016
 

Can't make it to an Idealist Fair? You're welcome to attend one of our Admissions Information Sessions in Berkeley, CA.

We hope to see you at one or more of our Fall Recruiting Events this season!

Fall 2017 Application Will Open on September 6th

The application for the Goldman School of Public Policy will open on Tuesday, September 6, 2016! You will be able to access the application online through the Graduate Division.

The deadline for the MPP application and supplemental materials is Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 11:59PM PST. Note: Some concurrent degree programs have different application deadlines.

Special Note: GRE scores can take as long as 2.5 weeks to arrive. Please take the GRE by November 7, 2016 to allow time for your scores to arrive by the December 1st deadline.

We look forward to receiving your application!

Spring 2016 Admissions Timeline

GENERAL OUTLINE OF EVENTS AND DEADLINES

  • Wednesday, March 2, 2016FAFSA is due by midnight, Central Time. As you plan for scholarships, grants, and financial aid be sure to file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The UC Berkeley FAFSA school code is 001312.
  • Early March - Admissions decisions sent via email
  • Sunday, March 6, 2016 - Graduate Student Diversity Day (hosted by the Graduate Diversity Program)
  • Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - New Admit Event - Washington, D.C.
  • Monday, April 4, 2016 - New Admit Day - Berkeley
  • Late April or May - Financial Aid Office sends award notifications to applicants who have submitted a Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) form. The FAO will include information about the acceptance and disbursement of awards, how to make changes or appeals, and other options. In some cases, you may be asked to submit additional documents to verify information on your application.

Consult the Graduate Award Guide on Berkeley's Financial Aid website for more information.

Upcoming Deadline For Fall 2016 Applicants

The deadline for the application and supplemental materials is Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 11:59PM PST. Note: Please be aware that some concurrent degree application deadlines are different from the single-degree MPP application deadline.

Here are a few important points to keep in mind as you prepare to submit your application by December 1st. For more detailed information please visit our Admissions Page and FAQs.

Basic Admissions Requirements

 

Letters of Recommendation: At least three letters of recommendation are required by the application deadline. We cannot guarantee that Letters of Recommendation received after the application deadline will be reviewed with your application.You may submit up to four letters of recommendation. All letters of recommendation should be submitted electronically. Once you have started the on-line application, the instructions for how to submit letters of recommendation can be found in the main menu under “Recommendations.”

Resume: Please upload a current resume, reflecting your work experience, education, and any other relevant information. We do not have a page limit, but most tend to be between two and five pages in length. We advise applicants to be detailed and expansive.

GRE Scores: All applicants are required to take the GRE. Official GRE scores are due the same day the application is due, December 1, 2015. There are fields on the application to submit self-report GRE scores. These will serve as placeholders until we receive the official scores from ETS.

Required Transcripts: Please upload unofficial transcripts from all universities or colleges attended. If you studied abroad, either as part of an exchange program administered by your school or on your own, please upload those transcripts as well. Note - It is not necessary to submit transcripts from the abroad university if the courses, credits, and grades appear on your degree-awarding university transcript.

Required Policy Statement of Purpose: 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.​ The length of this essay should be approximately 3-5 pages.

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

Submitting Documents: Our application system can only accept PDF documents. PDF documents including transcripts cannot be encrypted or password protected. If your transcript or other PDF document in encrypted or password protected, please click here for instructions.

Make Sure You Submit Your Application: Paying the application fee does not automatically submit your application. It is possible to pay the application fee without submitting your application.

Questions? Contact us at gsppadm-socrates@berkeley.edu.

*Inquiries to the Admissions Team are ramping up, potentially delaying response times but we will do our best to respond to any questions in a timely manner.*

Summer Internship in Cambodia

Trinetta Chong, MPP '16

This summer, over ninety Goldman School students interned in government, nonprofit and private agencies throughout the US and the world. 

GSPP student Trinetta Chong worked with Cambodian Child's Dream Organization, an non-governmental organization that builds wells and latrines for rural communities and supports local schools through an education and breakfast program.

As a monitoring and evaluation intern, Trinetta was responsible for reviewing the effectiveness of existing programs and recommending new strategies for improvement. Her projects included creating a well maintenance database, developing surveys to find out students' meal habits and analyzing trends using school attendance, test scores and demographic information. 

Read more about Trinetta's internship here.

Application

Open: Tuesday, September 8, 2015

The application for the Goldman School of Public Policy will open on Tuesday, September 8, 2015. You will be able to access the application online through the Graduate Division.

The deadline for the application and supplemental materials is Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 11:59PM PST. Note: Some concurrent degree programs have different application deadlines.