Admissions Blog

Get a Head Start on Fall 2014 Application Requirements

Get a head start on your MPP application!
  • Request your (3) letters of recommendation early. Letters of recommendation are due the same day as the application: December 2, 2014.
  • Draft your Policy Statement of Purpose and send a final version to SCIPP to review.
  • Collect unofficial transcipts from all universities or colleges attended (official transcripts are only required by the Graduate Division upon admission).
  • International applicants: Determine if you need to take the TOEFL. Information on exemption requirments can be found here.
  • Concurrent degree applicants: Please be aware of the additional application requirements above and beyond the MPP requirements.

Concurrent Application Deadlines For Fall 2014 Applicants

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. See a comprehensive list of deadlines here.

Application Deadline For Fall 2014 Applicants

The MPP application deadline for Fall 2014 applicants is Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 11:59pm PST. Add to Calendar

All applicants should take the GRE no later than November 10, 2014 to ensure scores arrive by the application deadline. GSPP will not offer deadline extensions for late GRE scores.

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

Tips for Fall 2014 Applicants

It's hard to believe, but we're already preparing for the Fall 2014 application season! If you haven't already taken college coursework in statistics, microeconomics, or calculus, summer is a great time to brush up. Some prospective students have asked whether certified MOOC coursework would be acceptable. GSPP requests that you take these courses through an academic institution, whether it be Berkeley, a local community college, Berkeley Extension, or any online version of the aforementioned.

Also something to start thinking about this summer, all applicants are required to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) general test. The LSAT and GMAT cannot be substituted for the GRE. To meet the prospective application deadline, you should take the GRE no later than November 10, 2014. Our institution code is 4833.

Over the summer we will provide more updates about the Fall 2014 application, including but not limited to:

  • When the application will open here
  • Application Requirements
  • When the application is due

4th Annual Race and Policy Symposium

April 21, 2014

On Monday, April 21, Students of Color in Public Policy hosted the 4th Annual Race and Policy Symposium, an annual forum to discuss policy implications for people of color and ways to engage issues of race in policymaking. The symposium brings leading researchers and experts from various fields to share their insight on ways to analyze, address, and engage communities of color in policy design and implementation.

The theme of this year’s symposium was “Policy in Action: The Unintended Consequences” and featured keynote addresses from Eva Paterson of the Equal Justice Society and London Breed from the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Additionally, there were interactive panels on:

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Robert Reich Elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Robert Reich, GSPP's Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy, has just been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. As one of the nation's oldest learned societies, the Academy convenes leaders from the academic, business, and government sectors to address critical challenges facing our global society. Read more here.

Finding My Way to the Goldman School

Felix Owusu, MPP '15

Felix Owusu is a first-year Master of Public Policy student at the Goldman School of Public Policy.

Before coming to the Goldman School of Public Policy I was an economic and financial consultant. My work consisted largely of doing research for use in complex business litigation, and it had all of the qualities I thought I wanted in a job. It allowed me to use and expand my background in economic research, provided an opportunity to develop skills in data analysis, and afforded me access to more resources than any researcher or analyst could hope for. Further, I was confident that the work I did had a huge impact, sometimes with hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars at stake.

Still, however, I felt that something important was missing. At first I thought it was the long hours and uncertain schedule that got to me, but eventually I realized that I hadn’t really bought into the societal importance of the work we were doing. In choosing a profession I had focused so much on how I would work at my job (with data, with academically grounded methodologies, with a diverse group of experts), that I had scarcely considered what I would actually be working on. After a lot of thought, I knew that I needed to change career paths and focus on the issues that were important to me...read more

Two Pieces of Advice for Prospective GSPP Students

Jess Box, MPP '15

Jess Box is a first-year Master of Public Policy student at the Goldman School of Public Policy.

I am writing this blog post on a Thursday afternoon, from 30,000 feet, between Florida and Berkeley. Yes, I had a Quant problem set due yesterday; yes, I have an Econ problem set due tomorrow; yes, I have an Econ midterm on Monday; and yes, I chose to spend the last four days working across the country from GSPP. Spending a week leading a team to collect district-wide instructional data and make recommendations on implementation of a major education initiative provided one of the greatest learning experiences of my graduate school career. In addition to being a fantastic professional opportunity, leading this project has pushed me to reflect on my post-Goldman career and my future goals.

There are only so many hours in a week, so that learning came at the expense of programming Stata to build a different multivariate regression model, four class lectures, a review session, and several visiting lecturers on campus. Considering that trade-off highlighted two pieces of advice I have for prospective Goldman students...read more

A Day in the Life of a GSPP Student

Ann Hollingshead, MPP '15

Ann Hollingshead is a first-year MPP student at the Goldman School of Public Policy and the co-Editor in Chief of PolicyMatters Journal.

6:30 am. I wake up (without my alarm, so I’d say this day is already victorious). I have about an hour until my workout with my roommate, so I spend a few minutes reading over a literature review I’ve been working on.

7:30 – 8:15. After some deliberating, my roommate, Sarah, and I decide to do Level of 3 of a Jillian Michaels workout video. Sarah, who started doing these videos while she served in El Salvador as a Peace Corps Volunteer, got me hooked on them as a quick way to sweat in the morning. Today it’s a hard one and we feel pretty pleased with ourselves.

8:15 – 9:30. I shower and change. In addition to working out together in the morning, Sarah and I also alternate making breakfast for two (I know, #socute). Lucky for me, it’s her day to make our breakfast, so when I’m done in the shower, I already have a bowl of oats ready.

9:30 – 9:45. I grab the 7 bus and head downtown. Berkeley students get free passes to AC Transit, so taking the bus is my preferred (very cheap) way of getting around...read more

An Interview With Dean Brady

The next generation of government problem solvers

An interview with Henry Brady, dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, on the defining characteristics of the next generation of policy leaders.

The Washington Post