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Basic Admissions Requirements

From the Graduate Division

The minimum UC Berkeley graduate admission requirements are:

  1. a bachelor’s degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution;
  2. a satisfactory scholastic average, usually a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B) on a 4.0 scale; and
  3. enough undergraduate training to do graduate work in your chosen field.

*Please note that these are Graduate Division minimum standards, and GSPP admissions stats and requirements often exceed these minimums.

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Requesting an Application Fee Waiver


If you are a U.S. citizen or current permanent resident, the application fee is $90; for all others, the fee is $110. The application fee is not re­fundable.

You must be a U.S. citizen or current permanent resident to be eligible for the graduate admissions application fee waiver.

There are two ways in which you may qualify for an application fee waiver:

  • You are a current or past participant in certain programs (e.g. PPIA) that qualify for a fee waiver, or
  • You can demonstrate financial need.

Information about how to apply for a fee waiver can be found at the Graduate Division.

2014-2015 GSPP Program Bulletin

The 2014-2015 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.

Fall 2014 MPP Admissions Events

The Goldman School is coming to a city near you. Speak with GSPP Admissions and/or GSPP Alumni to learn about admissions requirements, the MPP curriculum, and life at GSPP.

Information Sessions at GSPP

Berkeley, CA

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

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.