Goldman School of Public Policy - University of California, Berkeley


Thank you for your interest in the Goldman School of Public Policy. 

The information below is for the Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree. Admission information for the Master of Public Affairs (MPA) can be found here; Admissions info for the doctoral program is here.

Admission to the Goldman School is highly selective, determined by a committee of faculty, administrators and current students who evaluate the applicant’s academic preparation and demonstrated commitment to public service. Students are accepted for full-time enrollment in the program, always starting with the fall term.

Admission decisions are based on the statement of purpose, three letters of recommendation, academic record and test scores, employment and experience. Based on these criteria, applicants must showcase a superior comitment to public policy.  Along with the applicant’s individual qualifications, the committee endeavors to assemble a class that reflects a diversity of student backgrounds and experience; this diversity is a distinctive of a Goldman School education and, we believe, essential to strong public policy training. Interviews are not part of the application review process.

GSPP looks for an outstanding academic record, strong letters of recommendation, and high GRE scores. The School evaluates the entire academic record, with greater weight given to the GPA earned during the last two years of the applicant's undergraduate education. Although there is no requirement for specific undergraduate course work, we strongly recommend that applicants take introductory level microeconomics, statistics, and first-year calculus coursework prior to admission.

There is no advantage or disadvantage in the admissions review process to being a California resident.