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Get a Head Start on Fall 2014 Application Requirements

Get a head start on your MPP application!
  • Request your (3) letters of recommendation early. Letters of recommendation are due the same day as the application: December 2, 2014.
  • Draft your Policy Statement of Purpose and send a final version to SCIPP to review.
  • Collect unofficial transcipts from all universities or colleges attended (official transcripts are only required by the Graduate Division upon admission).
  • International applicants: Determine if you need to take the TOEFL. Information on exemption requirments can be found here.
  • Concurrent degree applicants: Please be aware of the additional application requirements above and beyond the MPP requirements.

Concurrent Application Deadlines For Fall 2014 Applicants

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. See a comprehensive list of deadlines here.

Application Deadline For Fall 2014 Applicants

The MPP application deadline for Fall 2014 applicants is Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 11:59pm PST. Add to Calendar

All applicants should take the GRE no later than November 10, 2014 to ensure scores arrive by the application deadline. GSPP will not offer deadline extensions for late GRE scores.

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

Tips for Fall 2014 Applicants

It's hard to believe, but we're already preparing for the Fall 2014 application season! If you haven't already taken college coursework in statistics, microeconomics, or calculus, summer is a great time to brush up. Some prospective students have asked whether certified MOOC coursework would be acceptable. GSPP requests that you take these courses through an academic institution, whether it be Berkeley, a local community college, Berkeley Extension, or any online version of the aforementioned.

Also something to start thinking about this summer, all applicants are required to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) general test. The LSAT and GMAT cannot be substituted for the GRE. To meet the prospective application deadline, you should take the GRE no later than November 10, 2014. Our institution code is 4833.

Over the summer we will provide more updates about the Fall 2014 application, including but not limited to:

  • When the application will open here
  • Application Requirements
  • When the application is due

4th Annual Race and Policy Symposium

April 21, 2014

On Monday, April 21, Students of Color in Public Policy hosted the 4th Annual Race and Policy Symposium, an annual forum to discuss policy implications for people of color and ways to engage issues of race in policymaking. The symposium brings leading researchers and experts from various fields to share their insight on ways to analyze, address, and engage communities of color in policy design and implementation.

The theme of this year’s symposium was “Policy in Action: The Unintended Consequences” and featured keynote addresses from Eva Paterson of the Equal Justice Society and London Breed from the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Additionally, there were interactive panels on:

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Robert Reich Elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Robert Reich, GSPP's Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy, has just been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. As one of the nation's oldest learned societies, the Academy convenes leaders from the academic, business, and government sectors to address critical challenges facing our global society. Read the full press release for more information.

An Interview With Dean Brady

The next generation of government problem solvers

An interview with Henry Brady, dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, on the defining characteristics of the next generation of policy leaders.

The Washington Post

Student Profile

Michael Burdick, MPP '15

Name: Michael Burdick

Year:  First

Policy Area of Concentration: Tax and Budget, Financial Services Regulation

GSPP Graduation Year: 2015

Undergraduate School: University of Arkansas

Personal History: Raised in a small town in southeast Arkansas. Studied Finance at the University of Arkansas. Worked at Wells Fargo US Corporate Banking Group in San Francisco after college.

What attracted you to GSPP?

Initially, I was interested in GSPP because of the respect I had for UC-Berkeley as a premier public research university. After learning more about the Goldman School specifically, I was intrigued by the focus of the curriculum on developing quantitative analytical skills and the strong sense of community that the school fosters. Location was also a significant factor as I preferred to stay in the Bay Area for graduate school.

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Student Profile

Francesca Delgado, MPP '15

Throughout the year, GSPP welcomes prospective students to campus to meet with current MPP students. They are the best on-the-ground resource for questions about electives, housing, and quality of life in the Bay Area. Not everyone can make the visit out to beautiful Berkeley, so we're bringing a current student to you! Prospective students, meet Francesca Delgado.

Year:  First

Policy Area of Concentration:  Social Policy

GSPP Graduation Year: 2015

Undergraduate School: Washington State University

Personal History: Before coming to GSPP, I worked as a probation officer in Seattle, Washington. It was a balance of protecting the community and facilitating the reintegration of offenders into society. It was this experience of providing direct services that motivated me to go to graduate school and work on the issues that can help turn people’s lives around. In my spare time, I enjoy volunteering with youth. As a program manager of a high school girls program, I helped create and facilitate monthly workshops on topics such as college prep, self-image, and healthy communication. As an undergraduate student, I majored in Political Science and had internships as a campaign scheduler for a Seattle mayoral campaign and as a legislative aide in Washington, D.C. for U.S. Senator Patty Murray.

What attracted you to GSPP? 

  • Location
  • Range of social policy professorial expertise
  • GSPP support services

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Fall 2014 Admissions Decisions

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Congrats to our Fall 2014 MPP New Admits!

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