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Admissions Cycle

Master of Public Policy (MPP)

GSPP begins accepting applications in early September for the following Fall term. There are no rolling admissions. There are no spring admissions. 

The application process is completely online

All supplemental materials including letters of recommendation and test scores are due by the application deadline. We can not guarantee that materials received after the deadline will be reviewed by the MPP Admissions Committee. 

After submitting your application, you will receive an email from the University confirming your submission. You may log back into your application to monitor the status of materials received or processed, such as: fee waivers, test scores, and letters of recommendation. 

Admissions decisions are typically sent in the month of March. Please be sure to add mppadm@berkeley.edu to your email address book. Important information, including deadlines and GSPP admissions decisions, will be sent from this email address. Please check your Spam/Junk/Events folders.

Application Deadlines (Updated for Fall 2019)
Degree/Program Online Application Deadline Supplemental Material Deadline

Monday, December 3, 2018, 8:59PM PST

Monday, December 3, 2018, 8:59PM PST (Letters of Recommendation, All required test scores) 


MPP/MS (Civil and Environmental Engineering)

MPP/MS (Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences)

MPP/MA (Energy and Resources)

MPP/MS (Energy and Resources)

MPP/MS (Mechanical Engineering)

MPP/MS (Nuclear Engineering)

MPP/JD (Law)*

MPP/MPH (Public Health)*

MSW/MPP (Social Welfare)

MA Global Studies*Monday, January 7, 2019, 8:59PM PSTMonday, January 7, 2019, 8:59PM PST (Letters of recommendation, All test scores)

*For the MPP/JD degree, you must fill out separate applications for the MPP program and the JD program. The deadline above is for the MPP application. Please see UC Berkeley School of Law for the JD application deadline.

*For the MPP/MPH degree, you must also submit a SOPHAS application to the School of Public Health. Please contact the School of Public Health with questions about the SOPHAS application process.

*The MPP/MA IAS degree option has changed. Students are now invited to apply to the one-year Master's Program in Global Studies (formerly International and Area Studies). Applicants may only apply for one single-degree program at a time.

Requests for Deferment

Deferments are granted and done so only if unanticipated and compelling circumstances develop after admission that create the need to request deferred enrollment. Applicants may submit a written request for deferment, addressed to the MPP Admissions Committee Chair. Petitions will be considered on a case-by-case basis. If a deferral request is granted, the applicant is guaranteed a spot in the following year's class. The deferral is for officially admitted applicants only. Fellowships cannot be automatically deferred. Applicants may only defer one year. Beyond a year, an applicant must re-apply as a new applicant. Exception: Students who choose to join Teach For America are automatically approved for a two-year deferment upon receipt of required documentation. Please contact Lezley Hightower (lhightower@berkeley.edu) with questions about the MPP deferral process.