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Posts from 2014

Basic Admissions Requirements: International Students

Do I need to take the TOEFL?

Evidence of English Language Proficiency

All applicants from countries in which the official language is not English are required to submit official evidence of English language proficiency. This requirement applies to applicants from Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Latin America, the Middle East,  Israel, the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, most European countries, and non-English-speaking countries in Africa.

If you have completed at least one year of full-time academic course work with grades of B or better in residence at a recognized U.S. institution, you do not need to take a standardized test. Instead, you must upload an unofficial transcript from the recognized U.S. institution.

To qualify for a TOEFL exemption you must:

  • Have a basic degree from a recognized institution in a country where the official language is English.
  • Have completed a basic or advanced degree at an institution, in the United States or abroad, where the language of instruction is English and the institution is accredited by one of the United States’ regional accrediting agencies.
  • Have completed at least one year of full-time academic course work with a grade B or better at a regionally accredited institution within the United States.

Please see the Graduate Divison to learn more about TOEFL requirements and qualifying for an exemption.

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!