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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.

Happy New Year From GSPP!

Harlem Shake - Goldman School Edition

Even with finals, Goldman Students made time for fun.

Winter Break

Admissions Team Availability

The Admissions Team will be checking e-mail intermittently between Monday, December 22, 2014 - Friday, January 2, 2015, and there will be a delay in response times. We will be back in the office on Monday, January 5, 2015. We appreciate your patience during this busy time, and wish you a wonderful holiday season!

MPP & PhD Application Deadline


The deadline for the MPP and PhD application is TODAY, Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 11:59PM PST.

FAQ in the GSPP inbox

Multiple GRE Scores

“How does the Admissions Committee handle multiple GRE test scores? Are the highest taken from each test date? Are the scores averaged? Or, does the Committee look for improvement from one test date to the next?”

Any GRE scores sent to Berkeley will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. The Admissions Committee will note any improvement from one test to another. Alternatively, if there is a significant decline in your scores, that will also be observed. Scores are not averaged, and we will consider higher section scores that come from two different test dates.

FAQ in the GSPP inbox

International Applicants: IELTS Documents

“I am applying to the MPP program for Fall 2015. I recently received my IELTS results but I am not sure how should I send the official report. Is it possible to send the results electronically or is it necessary to send a hard copy to your office before December 2?”

Unlike TOEFL scores, IELTS scores are not received electronically. Applicants who take the IELTS must submit the original Test Report Form to:

MPP Admissions

Richard & Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy

University of California, Berkeley

2607 Hearst Avenue

Berkeley, CA 94720-7320

Student Profile

Becky Xilu Li, MPP '15

Name:  Becky Xilu Li

Year:  Second

Policy Area of Concentration:  Energy and environmental policy

GSPP Graduation Year: 2015

Undergraduate School:  Renmin University of China, Beijing

Personal History: Bachelor of art, economics; Master of art, economics 

What attracted you to GSPP? Quantitative focus, Friendly and diverse community of UC Berkeley

How did you prepare for the GSPP application and admissions process? I basically spent the entire three months in the fall semester in my school year on the application. 

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