All applicants are required to take the GRE General Test. International applicants: GRE test dates are offered less frequently abroad. Spots fill up quickly. REGISTER FOR A TEST DATE EARLY!
GRE scores dated before June 2010 are no longer valid. To ensure you meet the application deadline, you should take the GRE no later than November 10, 2014.
Institution code: 4833. You do not need to list a department code.
Deadline: Official GRE scores are due the same day the application is due, December 2, 2014. There are fields on the application for applicants to submit self-report GRE scores. These will serve as placeholders until we receive the official scores from ETS.
All applicants are required to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) general test. The LSAT and GMAT cannot be substituted for the GRE.
Who is required to take the TOEFL? All applicants from countries in which the official language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). TOEFL and IELTS tests taken before June 2013 will not be accepted.
Institution code: 4833
If your are not a California resident, you can establish residency by the second year of the program if you follow the appropriate guidelines. Becoming a California resident will save you approximately $13,000 in out-of-state fees! The following resources provide more information about establishing California residency:
At the Office of the Registrar, you can find information about:
- How residency is determined
- How to Complete the Statement of Legal Residence/Applying for Residency
- How to establish Residency for Tuition Purposes
- 10 Things Graduates Need to Know about California Residence for Purposes of Tuition and Fees
- How to fulfill Physical Presence and Intent
- How to fulfill Financial Independence
- Residency Calendar/Deadlines
- Nonresident Supplemental Tuition Exemptions/Waivers
- How to maintain California Residency during a Temporary Absence
- What if I am not a US Citizen or Permanent Resident
- Inquiries and Appeals
- Legal Residence Information
- Contact Residency
- Graduate Division
Fellowships and financial aid are just one way our students afford GSPP. There are also plenty of opportunities to secure financial support once you are enrolled:
Academic Student Employment
About half of our MPP students hold ASE positions, including instructor, reader, tutor, and researcher roles.
- If a graduate student obtains a GSI, GSR, Reader, or Tutor position anywhere at UC Berkeley, they are often entitled to benefits, like fee remission, depending on the percentage of the appointment.
- About half of our MPP students hold ASE positions, including instructor, reader, tutor, and researcher roles.
Summer Policy Internship
- When fulfilling the summer internship requirement, we encourage students to find paid positions.
- Internship Stats
Advanced Policy Analysis
- The APA functions as your master's thesis, with many students receiving compensation from their client.
Financial support can be a major consideration when applying to graduate school. Below you will find resources about affording your education, including tuition, fellowships, and financial aid.
Please note, Graduate Admissions requires applicants to upload unofficial transcripts or academic records (name of school must appear on transcript) for the initial review of their application. For those that accept the offer of admission, they will be required to provide official transcripts or academic records. Please refrain from sending official, sealed hard copies of your transcripts until you receive an offer of admission from the Graduate Division.
Read on for information about:
- Study abroad transcripts
- Transcripts from past UC Berkeley students
- PPIA transcripts
- Transcripts required of international applicants
Evidence of English Language Proficiency
All applicants from countries in which the official language is not English are required to submit official evidence of English language proficiency. This requirement applies to applicants from Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Latin America, the Middle East, Israel, the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, most European countries, and non-English-speaking countries in Africa.
If you have completed at least one year of full-time academic course work with grades of B or better in residence at a recognized U.S. institution, you do not need to take a standardized test. Instead, you must upload an unofficial transcript from the recognized U.S. institution.
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.
Please see the Graduate Divison to learn more about TOEFL requirements and qualifying for an exemption.
The minimum UC Berkeley graduate admission requirements are:
- a bachelor’s degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution;
- a satisfactory scholastic average, usually a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B) on a 4.0 scale; and
- enough undergraduate training to do graduate work in your chosen field.
If you are a U.S. citizen or current permanent resident, the application fee is $90; for all others, the fee is $110. The application fee is not refundable.
You must be a U.S. citizen or current permanent resident to be eligible for the graduate admissions application fee waiver.
There are two ways in which you may qualify for an application fee waiver:
- You are a current or past participant in certain programs (e.g. PPIA) that qualify for a fee waiver, or
- You can demonstrate financial need.
Information about how to apply for a fee waiver can be found at the Graduate Division.
The 2014-2015 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.
The Goldman School is coming to a city near you. Speak with GSPP Admissions and/or GSPP Alumni to learn about admissions requirements, the MPP curriculum, and life at GSPP.
- New York - Monday, September 22, 2014
- Philadelphia - Tuesday, September 23, 2014
- Boston - Monday, September 29, 2014
- Chicago - Thursday, October 23, 2014
- Washington, DC - Tuesday, October 28, 2014
- Baltimore - Wednesday, October 29, 2014
- San Francisco - Thursday, November 6, 2014
Information Sessions at GSPP
Keep checking our Admissions Events page for more opportunities to learn about the Goldman School!