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Idealist Grad Fair Tour 2018

During the month of October, GSPP had the opportunity to attend Idealist Fairs in Washington, D.C., San Francisco and Los Angeles!

Attending Idealists fairs is something we look forward to doing every year, and once again, it was a wonderful experience! We love attending Idealist Fairs because it gives us a chance to meet and learn more about the applicants who are interested in our programs. We appreciate your interest in the Goldman School and look forward to receiving your applications in December!

I also want to give a very special thank you to the alumni who volunteered to represent GSPP at the Idealist fairs this year-  we couldn't have done it without you!

Pictured below: Karen Huynh (GSPP Alumni), Hortencia Rodriguez (GSPP Alumni), Lezley Hightower (Berkeley MPP Admissions), and Steven Almazan (GSPP Alumni) in Los Angeles. We were one of the last tables standing at the end of the evening!



For those of you who could not join us at the fairs, there's still an opportunity to learn more about the MPP program and have your questions answered by admissions representatives. We have one more MPP Admissions Webinar scheduled during the month of October.

Click here for more information about the MPP Admissions Webinar on October 31st


Please take note of this important announcement if you are currently working on an application for Fall 2019!

The extremely amazing and generous GSPP student members of SCiPP (Students of Color in Public Policy) have set up a program staffed by current student volunteers to provide peer feedback on the Policy Statement of Purpose essay.

If you need help with this required essay, please don't hesitate to participate in the SCiPP Peer Advising Program today!

Click here for more information and instructions on how to apply.


To use SCiPP's services, please follow the instructions below. Once completed, you will receive an email within 48 hours confirming that SCiPP received your essay.

  1. Complete the SCiPP Peer Advising Survey.
  2. Send your Policy Statement of Purpose (PSP) to scipp.peer.advising@gmail.com as a Word Document. Please save the document as “FullName_PSP.doc” Example: StephenCurry_PSP.doc
  3. Include in the subject line of your email “SCiPP Peer Advising: FirstName_LastName”
  4. If you have additional questions or concerns about the curriculum or public policy degree (or if you just want to introduce yourself!), include it in the body of the email along with your PSP attachment.

SCiPP will accept PSP essays on a rolling basis during the 2018 application cycle. However, Peer Advisors will only be assigned on the two dates below.

Deadline to submit Policy Statement of Purpose essay:

Round 1: Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Round 2: Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Date that prospective applicant will be assigned a Peer Advisor:

Round 1: Monday, October 22, 2018

Round 2: Monday, November 5, 2018

*SCiPP will accept PSP essays for review through Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - 11:59 pm PST. Anything received after that date will not be reviewed. *

Please contact SCiPP Peer Advising Coordinators, Ben Kane (ben.kane@berkeley.edu) and Rasheed Auguste (auguste@berkeley.edu) with questions.

The Fall 2019 Admissions Cycle Is Upon Us!

The fall semester is off to a wonderful start at GSPP! As our new and returning students settle in to the semester, the MPP Admissions Office is gearing up for the Fall 2019 application season.

The application for all Goldman School programs will open on Tuesday, September 4, 2018! The application deadline for the MPP and MPP/Concurrent degree programs is firmly set for Monday, December 3, 2018 at 8:59 PM (no extensions).

Below you will find important information regarding deadlines and recruitment events. We look forward to meeting you in a city near you, where you will have the opportunity to speak with GSPP Admissions representatives, alumni, and current students to learn about admissions requirements, the MPP curriculum, and student life and community at GSPP.

Please mark your calendars with these important dates.


Application Opens – Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Berkeley – MPP/MPA Admissions Information Session - Thursday, September 20, 2018


Washington, DC Idealist Grad Fair - Monday, October 1, 2018

MPP Admissions Webinar #1 – October 3, 2018

San Francisco Idealist Grad Fair - Monday, October 8, 2018

Los Angeles Idealist Grad Fair - Wednesday, October 10, 2018

MPP Admissions Webinar #2 – October 17, 2018

MPP Admissions Webinar#3 – October 31, 2018


*Recommended “take by” date for the GRE to ensure your scores arrive by the application deadline - Friday, November 9, 2018. Please send your scores electronically through ETS. The institution code for UC Berkeley’s graduate programs is 4833.



MPP Application Deadline & supplemental material deadline (including letters of recommendation, all test scores) - Monday, December 3, 2018 at 8:59 PM PST. The graduate application system will lock promptly at 8:59 PST, after which you will not be able to submit your application.

Note: December 3, 2018 at 8:59 PM PST is also the deadline for MPP/Concurrent degree program applications.


Keep checking our Admissions Events page for more opportunities to engage and learn about the Goldman School!

Questions? Please review our FAQs page or send your inquiries to mppadm@berkeley.edu.

The 2018-2019 Program Bulletin is also a great resource to find answers to questions about the application process, admissions requirements, financial aid, career services, and student organizations at GSPP.

We look forward to receiving your application by December 3rd!

2018-2019 GSPP Program Bulletin Is Now Available

The beautiful new 2018-2019 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. Anyone interested in applying to the MPP or MPP/Concurrent programs should review the bulletin thoroughly (along with the admissions pages on our website). Please click on the link below or go to Applying for the MPP to access the new bulletin. We hope you enjoy reading this latest edition!

Click here for a PDF version of the 2018-2019 Program Bulletin

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.