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Student Profile

Yoel Haile, MPP '16

Name: Yoel Y. Haile

Year: First

Policy Area of Concentration: Urban and Social Policy

GSPP Graduation Year: 2016

Undergraduate School: UC Santa Barbara

Personal History: I grew up in Asmara, Eritrea and immigrated to the U.S in mid-2006. I began 10th grade in San Jose, CA, and went on to attend UC Santa Barbara for my undergraduate degrees in Black Studies and Political Science. I was a PPIA 2012 fellow and studied abroad in South Africa for 6 months as well. At UC Santa Barbara, I was heavily involved in student and community organizing about issues of racial justice and educational access and equity. I’m one of the few students who came to Goldman straight out of undergrad


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Student Profile

Lisa Corsetto, MPP '16

Name: Lisa Corsetto

Year:  First

Policy Area of Concentration:  International Development

GSPP Graduation Year: 2016

Undergraduate School:  University of California, Davis

Personal History: I’m a Bay Area native and studied Economics and International Agricultural Development at UC Davis. During my studies, I conducted a field research project on a government-run scholarship program in rural Mexico. Post-college, I worked as a project manager at a vocational training center for “at-risk” teens in Nicaragua and then worked for several Bay Area nonprofits that focused on health and education issues.


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Admitted Students Day in Berkeley

Monday, April 6, 2015

Fall 2015 admitted students, join us in Berkeley to meet with faculty and current students about the curriculum, discuss career services with administrators, and get a peek at student life.

Date: Monday, April 6, 2015

Location: Goldman School of Public Policy, 2607 Hearst Avenue

Through the Admitted Student Portal you can RSVP to spring events, submit your intent to enroll, and access other graduate admission resources.

This event is restricted to new MPP and PhD admitted students only.

Washington, D.C. Reception

Newly Admitted Students

Fall 2015 admitted students, join us at our Washington, D.C. Reception to meet with alumni and administrators to discuss the curriculum, career services, and student life.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
University of California, Washington Center, 1608 Rhode Island NW, Washington, DC, 1608 Rhode Island NW, Washington, D.C. 20036

Through the Admitted Student Portal you can RSVP to spring events, submit your intent to enroll, and access other graduate admission resources.

This event is restricted to new MPP and PhD admitted students only.

Fall 2015 Admissions Decisions

MPP Program


Decisions have been sent via e-mail. If you haven't received your admissions decision, please check spam. If you're using Gmail, be sure to check tabs like “Social” and “Promotions.” Decisicion notifications were sent from gsppadm-socrates@berkeley.edu.

Admissions Decisions

We've received many inquiries about the status of MPP admissions decisions. Please sit tight! The Admissions Committee is finalizing decisions and we'll be sending letters soon.

Important Message for Applicants

Applicants, please be sure add gsppadm-socrates@berkeley.edu to your email address book. Important information, including deadlines and GSPP admissions decisions, will be sent from this email address.  If you are a Fall 2015 applicant and did not receive the latest e-mail, sent on January 23, 2015, please check your Spam/Junk folders.

Student Profile

Peter Radu, MSW/MPP '16











Name: Peter Radu

Year: Second  (MSW/MPP)

Policy Area of Concentration: social welfare, poverty, homelessness and mental illness

GSPP Graduation Year: 2016

Undergraduate School: Stanford University

Personal History: Previous work experience as a research assistant in a neuroeconomics lab at Stanford (2 years) and as a case manager for the chronically homeless in San Jose (2 years).

What attracted you to GSPP? GSPP offers the most rigorous quantitative training of the policy schools I looked at, a skill set I wanted to develop. The research on poverty and, until recently, homelessness was also a huge draw for me—it was clear that the faculty were engaging with the same issues I was struggling with as a case manager.

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Spring 2015 Admissions Timeline

General outline of events and deadlines
  • Monday, March 2, 2015 - FAFSA due
  • Early March - Admissions decisions sent via email
  • March 15 - 16, 2015 - Diversity Day (hosted by the Graduate Diversity Program)
  • Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - New Admit Event - Washington, D.C.
  • Monday, April 6, 2015 - New Admit Day - Berkeley
  • Late April or May - Financial Aid Office sends award notifications


Deadline: March 2, 2015.

File your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 2, 2015, the deadline for California residency eligibility for 2015-2016 fellowship and grant proposals.

Note regarding Financial Aid:

In late April or May, the Financial Aid Office will notify you about your award. 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 the Financial Aid website for more information.