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Spring 2016 Admissions Timeline


  • Wednesday, March 2, 2016FAFSA is due by midnight, Central Time. As you plan for scholarships, grants, and financial aid be sure to file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The UC Berkeley FAFSA school code is 001312.
  • Early March - Admissions decisions sent via email
  • Sunday, March 6, 2016 - Graduate Student Diversity Day (hosted by the Graduate Diversity Program)
  • Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - New Admit Event - Washington, D.C.
  • Monday, April 4, 2016 - New Admit Day - Berkeley
  • Late April or May - Financial Aid Office sends award notifications to applicants who have submitted a Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) form. The FAO 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 documents to verify information on your application.

Consult the Graduate Award Guide on Berkeley's Financial Aid website for more information.

Upcoming Deadline For Fall 2016 Applicants

The deadline for the application and supplemental materials is Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 11:59PM PST. Note: Please be aware that some concurrent degree application deadlines are different from the single-degree MPP application deadline.

Here are a few important points to keep in mind as you prepare to submit your application by December 1st. For more detailed information please visit our Admissions Page and FAQs.

Basic Admissions Requirements


Letters of Recommendation: At least three letters of recommendation are required by the application deadline. We cannot guarantee that Letters of Recommendation received after the application deadline will be reviewed with your application.You may submit up to four letters of recommendation. All letters of recommendation should be submitted electronically. Once you have started the on-line application, the instructions for how to submit letters of recommendation can be found in the main menu under “Recommendations.”

Resume: Please upload a current resume, reflecting your work experience, education, and any other relevant information. We do not have a page limit, but most tend to be between two and five pages in length. We advise applicants to be detailed and expansive.

GRE Scores: All applicants are required to take the GRE. Official GRE scores are due the same day the application is due, December 1, 2015. There are fields on the application to submit self-report GRE scores. These will serve as placeholders until we receive the official scores from ETS.

Required Transcripts: 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. Note - It is not necessary to submit transcripts from the abroad university if the courses, credits, and grades appear on your degree-awarding university transcript.

Required Policy Statement of Purpose: The section in the application titled Statement of Purpose is a standard field on all UCB graduate applications that we're unable to edit, so we include the Policy Statement of Purpose field to include GSPP specific instructions. For GSPP, we ask that you upload the same essay for the Statement of Purpose and Policy Statement of Purpose fields.​ The length of this essay should be approximately 3-5 pages.

Required Personal History Statement: There is no length requirement for the Personal History Statement. However, this essay is generally 1-2 pages, double spaced.

Submitting Documents: Our application system can only accept PDF documents. PDF documents including transcripts cannot be encrypted or password protected. If your transcript or other PDF document in encrypted or password protected, please click here for instructions.

Make Sure You Submit Your Application: Paying the application fee does not automatically submit your application. It is possible to pay the application fee without submitting your application.

Questions? Contact us at gsppadm-socrates@berkeley.edu.

*Inquiries to the Admissions Team are ramping up, potentially delaying response times but we will do our best to respond to any questions in a timely manner.*

Summer Internship in Cambodia

Trinetta Chong, MPP '16

This summer, over ninety Goldman School students interned in government, nonprofit and private agencies throughout the US and the world. 

GSPP student Trinetta Chong worked with Cambodian Child's Dream Organization, an non-governmental organization that builds wells and latrines for rural communities and supports local schools through an education and breakfast program.

As a monitoring and evaluation intern, Trinetta was responsible for reviewing the effectiveness of existing programs and recommending new strategies for improvement. Her projects included creating a well maintenance database, developing surveys to find out students' meal habits and analyzing trends using school attendance, test scores and demographic information. 

Read more about Trinetta's internship here.


Open: Tuesday, September 8, 2015

The application for the Goldman School of Public Policy will open on Tuesday, September 8, 2015. You will be able to access the application online through the Graduate Division.

The deadline for the application and supplemental materials is Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 11:59PM PST. Note: Some concurrent degree programs have different application deadlines. 

FAQ in the GSPP inbox

“Berkeley does not offer a dual MPP/MBA, so prospective students must choose to apply to one of the two degrees. If I apply to Goldman instead of Haas, would it be relatively easy to enroll in business classes at Haas? Or are classes at Haas largely reserved for MBA students? Conversely, if I apply to Haas, how easy is it to enroll in classes at Goldman?”

While we do not offer a concurrent degree with the Haas School of Business, students may take electives there. What's great about the electives is that they can be taken anywhere campus. The University course catalogue is open to you, which means you can take classes at Berkeley Law, Haas School of Business, College of Engineering, Social Welfare, School of Public Health, College of Natural Resources, School of Education, School of Journalism, School of Information, and more.

To get a snapshot of what classes are available to non-MBA students, the best route is to contact the Haas School of Business directly.

The MPP Core (210A+B, 260A+B, 200, 205, 299) is restricted to MPP students. Non-MPP students may enroll in other elective MPP courses, with some exceptions. If you have questions about specific MPP courses, please contact Isaac Castro, PPIA Program Manager and Student Services Advisor, at icastro@berkeley.edu.

Summer Internship in Southeast Asia

Cesar Manuel Zulaica, MPP '16

This summer, over ninety Goldman School students interned in government, nonprofit and private agencies throughout the US and the world. 

Cesar Manuel Zulaica worked in southeast Asia with the for-profit social enterprise agency Next Billion, which explores the connection between development and business. Cesar piloted several data-gathering applications including a project in Indonesia that is using one such app to follow up on the sanitation conditions and community behavior around water use. Read more about Cesar's internship here.

GSPP Summer Interns

This summer, Goldman School students interned at over 90 organizations around the world. Many of the internships were for government agencies and non-profits organizations in Washington DC, Sacramento and San Francisco, but students went as far as Asunción, Paraguay; Cape Town, South Africa; and Dhaka, Bangladesh. 

For a snapshot of student internships, read about Cesar Manuel Zulaica's work in Southeast AsiaTrinetta Chong in CambodiaDarian Woods' internship at Planet MoneyAdam Gorski's work for a network of charter schools and Lisa Corsetto's time at the Office of the United States Trade Representative.

2015-2016 GSPP Program Bulletin

The 2015-2016 GSPP Program Bulletin is out! The Bulletin is an amazing resource for information about degree programs, faculty, application instructions, financial aid, career services, & student organizations.

2015-2016 GSPP Program Bulletin

Fall 2015 MPP Recruitment Events

GSPP is gearing up for the Fall 2015 application season. 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 students to learn about admissions requirements, the MPP curriculum, and life at GSPP.


Berkeley - Graduate Program Fair - Monday, August 3, 2015


Application Opens - Early September (An announcement will be sent via e-mail and in our Admissions Blog)
New York Idealist Grad Fair Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Berkeley - On Campus Information Session  - Tuesday, September 29, 2015


Washington, DC Idealist Grad Fair - Thursday, October 1, 2015
Atlanta - Atlanta University Center (AUC) Consortium Graduate School Fair - Thursday, October 1, 2015
Chicago Idealist Grad Fair - Monday, October 5, 2015
San Francisco Idealist Grad Fair  - Thursday, October 22, 2015
Berkeley - On Campus Information Session - Tuesday, October 27, 2015


Recommended “take by” date for the GRE to ensure scores arrive by the application deadline - Monday, November 9, 2015


MPP Application Deadline & MPP supplemental material deadline (letters of recommendation, all test scores) - Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 11:59pm PST

Note: Some concurrent degree programs have different application deadlines. 

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

Application Deadline For Fall 2015 Applicants

The MPP application deadline for Fall 2015 is Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 11:59pm PST. Note: For those applying to a concurrent degree program, please be aware that some concurrent degree application deadlines are different from the single-degree MPP application deadline.

To meet the application deadline, applicants should take the GRE no later than November 9, 2015. 

International applicants: GRE test dates are offered less frequently abroad. Spots fill up quickly. REGISTER FOR A TEST DATE EARLY!