Admissions Blog

FAQ in the GSPP inbox

"Berkeley does not offer a dual MPP/MBA, so prospective students must choose to apply to one of the two degrees. If I apply to Goldman instead of Haas, would it be relatively easy to enroll in business classes at Haas? Or are classes at Haas largely reserved for MBA students? Conversely, if I apply to Haas, how easy is it to enroll in classes at Goldman?"

While we do not offer a concurrent degree with the Haas School of Business, students may take electives there. What's great about the electives is that they can be taken anywhere campus. The University course catalogue is open to you, which means you can take classes at Berkeley Law, Haas School of Business, College of Engineering, Social Welfare, School of Public Health, College of Natural Resources, School of Education, School of Journalism, School of Information, and more.

To get a snapshot of what classes are available to non-MBA students, the best route is to contact the Haas School of Business directly.

The MPP Core (210A+B, 260A+B, 200, 205, 299) is restricted to MPP students. Non-MPP students may enroll in other elective MPP courses, with some exceptions. If you have questions about specific MPP courses, please contact Isaac Castro, PPIA Program Manager and Student Services Advisor, at icastro@berkeley.edu.

Summer Internship in Southeast Asia

Cesar Manuel Zulaica, MPP '16

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

Cesar Manuel Zulaica worked in southeast Asia with the for-profit social enterprise agency Next Billion, which explores the connection between development and business. Cesar piloted several data-gathering applications including a project in Indonesia that is using one such app to follow up on the sanitation conditions and community behavior around water use. Read more about Cesar's internship here.

GSPP Summer Interns

This summer, Goldman School students interned at over 90 organizations around the world. Many of the internships were for government agencies and non-profits organizations in Washington DC, Sacramento and San Francisco, but students went as far as Asunción, Paraguay; Cape Town, South Africa; and Dhaka, Bangladesh. 

For a snapshot of student internships, read about Cesar Manuel Zulaica's work in Southeast AsiaTrinetta Chong in CambodiaDarian Woods' internship at Planet MoneyAdam Gorski's work for a network of charter schools and Lisa Corsetto's time at the Office of the United States Trade Representative.

2015-2016 GSPP Program Bulletin

The 2015-2016 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.

2015-2016 GSPP Program Bulletin

Fall 2015 MPP Recruitment Events

GSPP is gearing up for the Fall 2015 application season. Below you will find important information regarding deadlines and recruitment events. We look forward to meeting you in a city near you, where you will have the opportunity to speak with GSPP Admissions representatives, alumni, and students to learn about admissions requirements, the MPP curriculum, and life at GSPP.

August

Berkeley - Graduate Program Fair - Monday, August 3, 2015

September

Application Opens - Early September (An announcement will be sent via e-mail and in our Admissions Blog)
New York Idealist Grad Fair Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Berkeley - On Campus Information Session  - Tuesday, September 29, 2015

October

Washington, DC Idealist Grad Fair - Thursday, October 1, 2015
Atlanta - Atlanta University Center (AUC) Consortium Graduate School Fair - Thursday, October 1, 2015
Chicago Idealist Grad Fair - Monday, October 5, 2015
San Francisco Idealist Grad Fair  - Thursday, October 22, 2015
Berkeley - On Campus Information Session - Tuesday, October 27, 2015

November

Recommended "take by" date for the GRE to ensure scores arrive by the application deadline - Monday, November 9, 2015

December

MPP Application Deadline & MPP supplemental material deadline (letters of recommendation, all test scores) - Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 11:59pm PST

Note: Some concurrent degree programs have different application deadlines. 

Keep checking our Admissions Events page for more opportunities to learn about the Goldman School!

Application Deadline For Fall 2015 Applicants

The MPP application deadline for Fall 2015 is Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 11:59pm PST. Note: For those applying to a concurrent degree program, please be aware that some concurrent degree application deadlines are different from the single-degree MPP application deadline.

To meet the application deadline, applicants should take the GRE no later than November 9, 2015. More information here.

International applicants: GRE test dates are offered less frequently abroad. Spots fill up quickly. REGISTER FOR A TEST DATE EARLY! 

Student Profile

Ari Ettinger, MPP '16

Name:  Ari Ettinger

Policy Area of Concentration:  Energy and Environment

GSPP Graduation Year: 2016

Undergraduate School:  Washington University in St. Louis

Personal History: I was born in Portland, Oregon and have lived there my whole life except for 4 years in St. Louis and now my time in Berkeley. I come from a union family with gay parents and have always been attracted to public policy matters, economics and politics.

What attracted you to GSPP? The weather, the fantastic academic reputation and the progressive culture.

What was your professional background before GSPP and what do you look to do with your degree upon graduation? I have worked mostly in health care policy in Oregon. After graduating, I hope to use my skills in environmental policy to create incentives for personal behavior change.

What is your favorite thing about being a student in the Bay Area? Living in a college town that happens to also be adjacent to one of the world’s great cities.

In your view, what type of person will benefit from a GSPP education? Someone who is open minded about their views on the world and about the methods that we must use to solve our world’s problems.

What has been your favorite class? Energy and Society, with Dan Kammen.

Who is your favorite faculty member? Steve Raphael.

What is your best memory from GSPP? Doing the Harlem Shake as a class after finals.

Graduate Program Fair

Monday, August 3, 2015 • 11:00am–2:00pm

GSPP is joining representatives from graduate departments across campus for a casual Graduate Program Fair. There will also be an information session by the Graduate Division with tips and insights into applying for graduate school at Berkeley.

Date: Monday, August 3, 2015

Time: 11am-2pm

Location: Alumni House, Berkeley, CA 94704

Student Profile

Jasmine Laroche, MPP '16

Name:  Jasmine Laroche

Year:  First Year

Policy Area of Concentration:  Social Policy/Education Policy 

GSPP Graduation Year: 2016

Undergraduate School:  University of Pittsburgh

 

Personal History: I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2011 with a BA in Political Science. Post graduation, I worked for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, a non-profit organization, as a Program Coordinator serving low-income students of high academic achievement. My experience working with low-income students and volunteering as a mentor for at-risk youth is what piqued my interest in shaping policies that improve the quality of life for low-income, at-risk youth. My hope is to work for organizations providing wrap around services to ensure that low-income youth have greater access to a quality education, sustainable community, and a healthier at-home family environment.

What attracted you to GSPP? The esteemed reputation, quality education, and quantitative analytical skills are what attracted me to GSPP.

How did you prepare for the GSPP application and admissions process? I took my time to research the school to ensure that it had my policy area of concentration and faculty that aligned with my interest. I also made sure to give myself enough time to take the GRE at least twice, and I really made an effort to ensure that my statement of purpose was a narrative of who I am, why I’m interested in GSPP, and why I believe my experiences fit what GSPP is looking for.

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Student Profile

Mary Collins, MPP '15

Name:  Mary Collins

Year:  Second

Policy Area of Concentration:  Energy and Agriculture Policy 

GSPP Graduation Year: 2015

Undergraduate School:  Virginia Tech

 

Personal History: At Virginia Tech I studied Animal Science and then worked in the small and large animal veterinary field. I became interested in animal breeding and worked at the Smithsonian National Zoo researching cheetah breeding behaviors and hormones. However, I didn’t like working in a laboratory and my myopic view of conservation. With desire to learn about the nexus of conservation and agriculture, I joined the Peace Corps. In Peace Corps Panama I worked with farmers, ran a committee that taught life skills and HIV/AIDS prevention to youth and women, and served as a Peace Corps coordinator. I came straight from Peace Corps to Goldman, which was a tough transition. 

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