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Posts from 2014

Application Instructions

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 documents is encrypted or password protected, see instructions below.

Encrypted or password protected PDFs of any kind cause work flow problems. For this reason, we do not accept these kinds of documents.
Note: Transcripts are often password protected. 

If you have an encrypted or password protected document we recommend the following:

  1. Print the document.
  2. Scan the document.
  3. Save the result of the scan as an unprotected PDF.
  4. Submit the unprotected PDF.

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Student Profile

Wyatt Donnelly-Landolt, MPP '15

Name: Wyatt Donnelly-Landolt

Year: Second

Policy Area of Concentration: Education, Children, Social mobility

GSPP Graduation Year: 2015

Undergraduate School: Stonehill College

Personal History: I am from Red Hook, NY, a couple hours north of NYC. During college, I considered about every major and career path. I landed in psychology and considered getting a PhD until my senior year when I decided I did not enjoy academic research. I joined Teach for America, where I taught High School Physics in Oklahoma City.

What attracted you to GSPP? I liked GSPP because of the excellent faculty and commitment to a strong community.

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LIVE: Goldman School of Public Policy Application

The MPP application for the Goldman School of Public Policy is now live! The deadline for the application and supplemental materials is Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 11:59PM PST.

For more information about the application process, please see the Graduate Division. Any technical support questions should be directed to gradadm@berkeley.edu, or follow the Graduate Division on Twitter.

Questions about application requirements? Contact us at gsppadm@socrates.berkeley.edu.


Basic Admissions Requirements

Letters of Recommendation

At least three letters of recommendation are required by the application deadlineWe cannot guarantee that Letters of Recommendation received after the application deadline will be reviewed with your application.

Who should I ask to be my recommenders?

The most helpful letters or recommendation are from persons who have supervised the applicant’s work in either an academic, employment or community service capacity, and who can evaluate the applicant’s intellectual ability, creativity, initiative, leadership potential, and promise in the field of public policy analysis and management.

How do recommenders submit their letters?

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.”

Can I submit more than three letters of recommendation?

Yes, you may submit up to four letters of recommendation. The online application provides space for more than four letters, however the admissions committee will only review up to four.

Can a recommender submit a letter of recommendation in a language other than English?

No, letters that are not written in English need to be translated into English. You can use an ATA certified translator for letters of recommendation or any other translation service (http://www.atanet.org/). 

Applicants may waive the right to inspect their letters of recommendation on a voluntary basis. To waive access to your letters, complete the waiver section of the Letter of Recommendation. The Graduate Division may verify the authenticity of academic letters of recommendation with the school or recommender. Read more about letters of recommendation requirements at the Graduate Division.


Live: September 2, 2014

The application for the Goldman School of Public Policy will open on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 12pm (PDT). You will be able to access the application online through the Graduate Division.