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Applying for the MPP

MPP, Concurrent, and PhD Program Admissions Deadline: Monday, December 3, 2018, 8:59PM PST

Applications are submitted through the Online Graduate Application for Admission and Fellowships.

Students are admitted to GSPP for the fall term only, and on a full-time basis. 

Application information is also available from the Goldman School Program Bulletin (pdf).

Application Deadlines
MPP Application Checklist
  • Resume (submitted with online application). Please upload a current resume, reflecting your work experience, education, and any other relevant information.
  • Policy Statement of Purpose (submitted with online application). Please follow the instructions below for the statement of purpose. These instructions supersede the instructions for the general Statement of Purpose on the online application. You do not need to write two different statements of purpose, instead you should respond to the questions below and then upload this response to the Statement of Purpose section of the online application.

    Note for Concurrent Degree Applicants —concurrent degree applicants must submit a Statement of Purpose for both programs. Detailed Statement of Purpose instructions for concurrent degree applicants are available here.

Instructions: The Richard & Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy welcomes applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds and with a variety of career aspirations. Some of our students have had prior experience in the realm of public policy; others have not. It is helpful to us to know more about your background, your motivation, and your long-term goals than can be inferred from your records and references. We would appreciate your helping us by supplying a brief statement of 3-5 pages, double-spaced.

Please address some of these areas:

The Present: Why do you want to take an educational program in the analysis and management of public policy?

The Past: What experiences or activities bear on your qualifications for this program, e.g., research papers, study groups, job responsibilities, policy or political projects? How do these experiences relate to your decision to undertake the study of public policy analysis and management? If you have been out of school for a year or more, please indicate the positions you have held and your major activities.

The Future: What kinds of work and activity would you like to engage in following graduation, and what are your long-range career objectives?

Please supply whatever information you think may help us to understand your candidacy more fully.

  • Personal History Statement (submitted with online application). Please describe how your personal background informs your decision to pursue a graduate degree. Please include information on how you have overcome barriers to access in higher education, evidence of how you have come to understand the barriers faced by others, evidence of your academic service to advance equitable access to higher education for women, racial minorities, and individuals from other groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education, evidence of your research focusing on underserved populations or related issues of inequality, or evidence of your leadership among such groups.

    There is no page length requirement for the Personal History Statement. However, this essay is generally 1-2 pages, double-spaced.
  • College Transcripts (submitted with online application). 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. Official transcripts of all college-level work will be required if admitted.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (submitted with online application). Please follow the instructions on the online application for the online letter of recommendation submission process. Note: Letters of Recommendation are due the same day the application is due. We cannot guarantee that Letters of Recommendation received after the application deadline will be reviewed with your application.
  • GRE Scores GRE scores dated before August 2013 are no longer valid. It can take up to 2.5 weeks for your scores to be received and matched to your application. To ensure you meet the application deadline, you should take the GRE by no later than early November (i.e. November 9, 2018). Note: GRE scores are due the same day the application is due. We can not guarantee that your application will be considered for admission if your scores are received after the deadline. Our institution code is 4833. You do not need to list a department code. Reservations for the GRE exam should be made in advance through: The Education Testing Service (ETS), P.O. Box 6000, Princeton, NJ 08541-6000, Phone: (609) 771-7670 or 1-800-GRE-CALL or http://www.ets.org/gre.
  • TOEFL Scores (for international applicants). We will only accept TOEFL tests administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and sent to us directly by the TOEFL office. For Fall 2019, tests taken before June 1, 2017 will not be accepted even if your score was reported to Berkeley. Use institution code 4833. You may sign up for the TOEFL through an agent in your country or through: TOEFL, CN6151, Princeton, NJ 08541-6151, Phone: (609) 771-7500 or http://www.ets.org/toeflMore information about evidence of English language proficiency, including qualifying for an exemption, can be found here.
  • Application Fee (submitted with online application). The application fee is not refundable. If you are a U.S. Citizen or current Permanent Resident, the application fee is $105; for all others, the fee is $125. Eligible applicants may apply for an application fee waiver. To do so, you must be a U.S. citizen or current permanent resident. The form to request a fee waiver is included in the payment section of the online application. To be considered, applicants need to select the waiver payment option before submitting the online application.