Goldman School of Public Policy - University of California, Berkeley

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

After submitting your application, you will not receive a confirmation email. You can view the status of your application by using the log-in you created for your online graduate application. 

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
Degree/Program Online Application Deadline Supplemental Material Deadline
MPP

Friday, December 1, 2017, 8:59PM PST

Friday, December 1, 2017, 8:59PM PST (Letters of Recommendation, All test scores)

PhD
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 (Industrial Engineering and Operations Research)

Friday, December 1, 2017, 8:59PM PST

Friday, December 1, 2017, 8:59PM PST (Letters of recommendation, All test scores)

MPP/MS (Material Science and Engineering)

Friday, December 1, 2017, 8:59PM PST

Friday, December 1, 2017, 8:59PM PST (Letters of recommendation, All test scores)

MPP/MS (Mechanical Engineering)

Friday, December 1, 2017, 8:59PM PST

Friday, December 1, 2017, 8:59PM PST (Letters of recommendation, All test scores)

MPP/MS (Nuclear Engineering)

Friday, December 1, 2017, 8:59PM PST

Friday, December 1, 2017, 8:59PM PST (Letters of recommendation, All test scores)

MPP/JD (Law)*

MPP/MPH (Public Health)*

MPP/MSW (Social Welfare)

MA Global Studies* Saturday, January 6, 2018, 8:59PM PST Saturday, January 6, 2018, 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).

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 assistant dean. 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 admission only. Fellowships cannot be 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.