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Spring 2018 Admissions Timeline


Friday, March 2, 2018 - As you make plans to finance your graduate school education be sure to file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The UC Berkeley FAFSA school code is 001312.

Early March - Admissions decisions and departmental fellowship award offers will be sent via email 

Sunday, March 18, 2018 - Graduate Student Diversity Day for admitted students (hosted by the Graduate Diversity Program)

Wednesday March 21, 2018 - New Admit Reception - Washington, D.C.

Friday, April 6, 2018 - New Admit Day - Berkeley

Late April or May - the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office will send out financial aid packages to those who have officially accepted their offer of admission to UC Berkeley. The FASO will include information about the acceptance and disbursement of awards, how to make changes or appeals, and other options. In some cases, you may be asked to submit additional verification documents.

For information about scholarships, grants, and financial aid opportunities, please visit the UC Berkeley Graduate Division's Financial Aid page.

Deadline Reminder for Fall 2018 Applicants

Submit All Materials by Friday, December 1, 2017

The submission deadline for the Goldman School's MPP application and supplemental materials deadline is Friday, December 1, 2017 at 8:59 PM PST.  The application process is completely online and can be accessed here.

As you prepare to submit your application by December 1st, please consult our MPP Application Checklist, Admissions FAQs, and 2017-2018 Program Bulletin for more detailed information and guidance. 

If you have any lingering or last minute questions about the MPP program or the application please contact us at mppadm@berkeley.edu.

We look forward to receiving your application soon!

GSPP Fall 2017 Networking Trip - Washington D.C

Approximately 70 Current Students Visited D.C. to network and learn about professional opportunities from employers and alumni.

Last week Goldman students interested in pursuing possible internships and careers in Washington D.C., spent two fantastic days in our nation’s capital attending site visits, alumni panels, informational interviews, and last but not least, our culminating networking reception with local alumni and employers.

 This year, we were hosted by the Urban Institute, World Bank, and the Congressional Budget Office. Our fantastic alumni volunteered their time to appear on panels discussing careers in federal service and international policy and development.

Although the weather was a bit chilly we still had an amazing time and are so thankful to all who participated in this major event.

We love D.C. and can’t wait to return next year!


Thanks to Everyone Who Attended the Final MPP Admissions Information Session of 2017!

We just wanted to take a moment to say a big “THANK YOU” to everyone who attended our final MPP Admissions Information Session of 2017! We really enjoyed meeting so many great people and truly appreciate your interest in our program. We look forward to receiving your applications!

Our special thanks also goes out to the current MPP students and alumni that attended the event to answer questions from prospective applicants! 

For those who were not able to join us for the session, please contact the MPP Admissions Team with your questions at mppadm@berkeley.edu

As a reminder, the application deadline is Friday, December 1, 2017 at 8:59 PM PST. For information about how to apply to the MPP and MPP/concurrent programs please click here.

Good luck with your applications!

Visit GSPP on November 1st For Our Final MPP Info Session of the Year

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 5:30 - 8:00 PM

After completing three fantastic Idealist Grad Fairs in October, the MPP Admissions Team is getting ready to wrap up our outreach events for the year with a final information session next week! If you are interested in learning more about the MPP program, this is a great opportunity to visit our lovely campus and speak with Admissions staff, students, and alumni about admissions requirements, the MPP curriculum, and life at GSPP and beyond. We hope to see you there!

Click here to RSVP

Event Details:  

    Date:  Wednesday, November 1, 2017 
    Time:  5:30 - 8:00pm
    Location:  Goldman School of Public Policy
    2607 Hearst Avenue
    Berkeley, CA 94720
    Cost:  FREE

Back-to-Back Idealist Grad Fairs This Week in San Francisco and Los Angeles

We hope to see you there!

This is just a reminder that representatives from the Goldman School will be attending Idealist SF and Idealist LA this week! Again, this is a great opportunity to speak with GSPP Admissions staff and alumni to learn about admissions requirements, program details, and life at GSPP and beyond. 

Click here to register for Idealist SF.

Event Details:  
   Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 
   Time:  5:00 - 8:00pm
   Location:  1199 9th Avenue
   Golden Gate Park, County Fair Building
   San Francisco, CA 94122
   Cost:  FREE


Click here to register for Idealist LA.

Event Details:  
   Date: Thursday, October 12, 2017 
   Time:  5:00 - 8:00pm
   Location:  1201 South Figueroa Street
   Los Angeles Convention Center, West Hall B
   Los Angeles, CA 90015
   Cost:  FREE


Idealist LA marks the end of the Idealist fairs for the year. If you can't attend a fair this week, please consider visiting GSPP for our second (and final) on-site admissions information session on November 1st.  Click here for event details and RSVP information.

DC Idealist Grad Fair Coming Up Soon!

Speak with Alumni to learn more about GSPP and the MPP Program on Monday, October 2nd!

Representatives from the Goldman School of Public Policy will be attending the DC Idealist Grad Fair on Monday, October 2nd! This is a great opportunity to speak with GSPP Alumni to learn about admissions requirements, the MPP curriculum, and life at GSPP and beyond. 

Click here to register.

Event Details:  
   Date: Monday, October 2, 2017 
   Time:  5:00 - 8:00pm
   Location:  801 Mt Vernon Pl NW
   Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Hall E
   Washington, DC 20001
   Cost:  FREE

Other stops on our Idealist Grad Fair tour include San Francisco and Los Angeles. We hope to see you there!

Thanks to Everyone Who Attended the MPP/MPA Admissions Information Session!

Thanks to all of you who were able to make it to our first on-site admissions info session of the year! The event was a success and we really enjoyed meeting some great people. 

We look forward to receiving your applications!

A special thank you to our current students and alumni who attended the session to graciously answer questions from prospective applicants. We truly appreciate your time and support!


If by chance you weren't able to attend, please consider joining us at GSPP on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 for our 2nd (and final) on-site admissions information session before the application deadline. This session will be geared toward the MPP only. Click here to RSVP.

2017-2018 GSPP Program Bulletin Is Now Available Online

The 2017-2018 Program Bulletin is now available online! The Bulletin is an amazing resource for information about the Goldman School's programs, faculty, application requirements and instructions, financial aid, career services, and student organizations. Please take some time to review the latest addition!

2017-2018 GSPP Program Bulletin

GSPP’s SCiPP Peer Advising Program

Need help with your application? SCiPP peer advisors can provide feedback on final drafts of your Policy Statement of Purpose, give advice about the application process, and answer general questions about GSPP.

For more information about SCiPP admissions peer advising, please click here.