Goldman School of Public Policy - University of California, Berkeley

Applying for Concurrent Degree Programs

Concurrent Degree Programs Offered:

Application Deadlines

 

Before starting your online application, please review the following application instructions on this page. The MPP specific instructions listed here supersede the general instructions from the online application.
 
 
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Note: All concurrent degree applicants must meet the same requirements as single degree MPP applicants with regards to resume, policy statement of purpose, personal history statement, transcripts, letters of recommendation, and GRE and TOEFL scores. Please contact the partner program for any additional information or materials that they may require for the concurrent degree application. To select your concurrent degree program of choice on the on-line application, go to the "Application Instructions" page and scroll to the end of the "Select Program" drop-down menu. All public policy related concurrent programs are located at the end of this menu. 

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Public Policy & Public Health

A distinguished undergraduate record and a strong quantitative aptitude are required for admission to the Health and Public Policy Program. Although previous experience is not required, preference is given to applicants who have had some work experience in health policy, either during or after completing a bachelor’s degree. Applicants are expected to have taken the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with a test date within five years of the date of the application. In addition to the GRE, applicants whose native language is not English must take the Test of English Language (TOEFL). New students are admitted only in the Fall semester. Students may be admitted to one school and not the other. More information here.

Admission Requirements Include:

  • Bachelor’s or higher degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Grade point average of 3.0 or better (on a 4-point scale) in upper division undergraduate course work.
  • At least one college course in three of the following areas: anthropology, history, political science, psychology, sociology, or economics.
  • Adequate preparation in the biological, physical, or social sciences.

Statements of Purpose

Two separate Statements of Purpose are required, one for each program. The general Statement of Purpose should address the MPH Statement of Purpose prompt. The Policy Statement of Purpose should address the GSPP prompt:

  1. To submit your MPH Statement of Purpose - Click on the "Statement of Purpose" link in the left navigation menu and upload your PDF file.
  2. To submit you MPP Policy Statement of Purpose - Click on the "MPP/MPH Program" link in the left navigation menu and upload your PDF file.

MPH SOP Prompt: The Health Policy & Management Program asks that you address the following in your statement of purpose:

  • Why do you want an MPH?
  • Why do you want to do your graduate degree at this point in your career/academic development?
  • Why you are interested in health policy and management, including some discussion of your previous interest or involvement in management and/or policy related activities (note that you do not need to restate your full resume as the committee will have that available to review).
  • How will the Health Policy and Management MPH degree and the graduate studies experience contribute to your short and long term career goals?
  • Why do you want to pursue these graduate studies at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health?

MPP Policy SOP Prompt: The Richard & Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy welcomes applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds and with a variety of career aspirations. Some of our students have had prior experience in the realm of public policy; others have not. It is helpful to us to know more about your background, your motivation, and your long-term goals than can be inferred from your records and references. We would appreciate your helping us by supplying a brief statement of 3-5 pages, double-spaced.

Please address some of these areas:

  • The present: Why do you want to take an educational program in the analysis and management of public policy?
  • The past: What experiences or activities bear on your qualifications for this program, e.g., research papers, study groups, job responsibilities, policy or political projects? How do these experiences relate to your decision to undertake the study of public policy analysis and management? If you have been out of school for a year or more, please indicate the positions you have held and your major activities.
  • The future: What kinds of work and activity would you like to engage in following graduation, and what are your long-range career objectives?

Please supply whatever information you think may help us to understand your candidacy more fully.

Public Policy & Law

For the MPP/JD degree, applicants must fill out separate applications for the MPP program and the JD program. Applicants are expected to have taken both the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). In addition, applicants whose native language is not English must take the Test of English Language (TOEFL).

Neither the Goldman School of Public Policy nor the School of Law require or even recommend any specific undergraduate major. Applicants with varied backgrounds and training enhance and enrich the educational experience of all students.

Prospective students in a position to structure their curricula might do the following: develop skills in communication, both written and verbal, take courses in which written work is vigorously edited; develop analytical and problem-solving skills; obtain breadth in humanities and social sciences in order to understand the social context within which legal problems arise; and acquire a general understanding of economics because a significant number of legal problems are related to the economic functioning of the society. In selecting specific courses, consultation with an undergraduate adviser may be desirable.

Public Policy & Engineering

If you are applying to a concurrent program with a department offering a one-year MS degree, you must apply and be accepted to that concurrent degree program during the initial admissions cycle in order to save a year of study and complete the degree in two years. If you are not admitted to one of the two degree programs in the initial admissions cycle, you can still apply to the other program during the Fall semester of your first year of enrollment in the master’s program, however, you will be unable to complete the concurrent degree program in two years due to the course sequence and requirements.

 

MPP/MS (Material Science and Engineering)

Two separate Statements of Purpose are required, one for each program. The general Statement of Purpose should address the MSE Statement of Purpose prompt. The Policy Statement of Purpose should address the GSPP prompt:

  1. To submit your MSE Statement of Purpose - Click on the "Statement of Purpose" link in the left navigation menu and upload your PDF file.
  2. To submit your MPP Policy Statement of Purpose - Click on the "MPP/Material Science Engineering Program" link in the left navigation menu and upload your PDF file.

MSE SOP Prompt: Please describe your aptitude and motivation for graduate study in your area of specialization, including your preparation for this field of study, your academic plans or research interests in your chosen area of study, and your future career goals.  Please be specific about why UC Berkeley would be a good intellectual fit for you.  We don’t impose page limits on your statement.  However, typically they are no more than a few pages. More information here.

MPP Policy SOP Prompt: The Richard & Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy welcomes applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds and with a variety of career aspirations. Some of our students have had prior experience in the realm of public policy; others have not. It is helpful to us to know more about your background, your motivation, and your long-term goals than can be inferred from your records and references. We would appreciate your helping us by supplying a brief statement of 3-5 pages, double-spaced.

Please address some of these areas:

The present: Why do you want to take an educational program in the analysis and management of public policy?

The past: What experiences or activities bear on your qualifications for this program, e.g., research papers, study groups, job responsibilities, policy or political projects? How do these experiences relate to your decision to undertake the study of public policy analysis and management? If you have been out of school for a year or more, please indicate the positions you have held and your major activities.

The future: What kinds of work and activity would you like to engage in following graduation, and what are your long-range career objectives?

Please supply whatever information you think may help us to understand your candidacy more fully.

MPP/MS (Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences)

Two separate Statements of Purpose are required, one for each program. The general Statement of Purpose should address the EECS Statement of Purpose prompt. The Policy Statement of Purpose should address the GSPP prompt:

  1. To submit your EECS Statement of Purpose - Click on the "Statement of Purpose" link in the left navigation menu and upload your PDF file.
  2. To submit your MPP Policy Statement of Purpose - Click on the "MPP/EECS MS Program" link in the left navigation menu and upload your PDF file.

EECS SOP Prompt: Please describe your aptitude and motivation for graduate study in your area of specialization, including your preparation for this field of study, your academic plans or research interests in your chosen area of study, and your future career goals.  Please be specific about why UC Berkeley would be a good intellectual fit for you.  We don’t impose page limits on your statement.  However, typically they are no more than a few pages. More information can be found at the Graduate Division and The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences.

MPP Policy SOP Prompt: The Richard & Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy welcomes applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds and with a variety of career aspirations. Some of our students have had prior experience in the realm of public policy; others have not. It is helpful to us to know more about your background, your motivation, and your long-term goals than can be inferred from your records and references. We would appreciate your helping us by supplying a brief statement of 3-5 pages, double-spaced.

Please address some of these areas:

The present: Why do you want to take an educational program in the analysis and management of public policy?

The past: What experiences or activities bear on your qualifications for this program, e.g., research papers, study groups, job responsibilities, policy or political projects? How do these experiences relate to your decision to undertake the study of public policy analysis and management? If you have been out of school for a year or more, please indicate the positions you have held and your major activities.

The future: What kinds of work and activity would you like to engage in following graduation, and what are your long-range career objectives?

Please supply whatever information you think may help us to understand your candidacy more fully.

MPP/MS (Industrial Engineering and Operations Research)

Two separate Statements of Purpose are required, one for each program. The general Statement of Purpose should address the IEOR Statement of Purpose prompt. The Policy Statement of Purpose should address the GSPP prompt:

  1. To submit your IEOR Statement of Purpose - Click on the "Statement of Purpose" link in the left navigation menu and upload your PDF file.
  2. To submit your MPP Policy Statement of Purpose - Click on the "MPP/IEOR MS Program" link in the left navigation menu and upload your PDF file.

IEOR SOP Prompt: Please describe your aptitude and motivation for graduate study in your area of specialization, including your preparation for this field of study, your academic plans or research interests in your chosen area of study, and your future career goals.  Please be specific about why UC Berkeley would be a good intellectual fit for you.  We don’t impose page limits on your statement.  However, typically they are no more than a few pages. More information here.

MPP Policy SOP Prompt: The Richard & Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy welcomes applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds and with a variety of career aspirations. Some of our students have had prior experience in the realm of public policy; others have not. It is helpful to us to know more about your background, your motivation, and your long-term goals than can be inferred from your records and references. We would appreciate your helping us by supplying a brief statement of 3-5 pages, double-spaced.

Please address some of these areas:

The present: Why do you want to take an educational program in the analysis and management of public policy?

The past: What experiences or activities bear on your qualifications for this program, e.g., research papers, study groups, job responsibilities, policy or political projects? How do these experiences relate to your decision to undertake the study of public policy analysis and management? If you have been out of school for a year or more, please indicate the positions you have held and your major activities.

The future: What kinds of work and activity would you like to engage in following graduation, and what are your long-range career objectives?

Please supply whatever information you think may help us to understand your candidacy more fully.

MPP/MS (CIVIL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING)

Two separate Statements of Purpose are required, one for each program. The general Statement of Purpose should address the CEE Statement of Purpose prompt. The Policy Statement of Purpose should address the GSPP prompt:

  1. To submit your CEE Statement of Purpose - Click on the "Statement of Purpose" link in the left navigation menu and upload your PDF file.
  2. To submit your MPP Policy Statement of Purpose - Click on the "MPP/Civil MS Program" link in the left navigation menu and upload your PDF file.

CEE SOP Prompt: Please describe your aptitude and motivation for graduate study in your area of specialization, including your preparation for this field of study, your academic plans or research interests in your chosen area of study, and your future career goals.  Please be specific about why UC Berkeley would be a good intellectual fit for you.  We don’t impose page limits on your statement.  However, typically they are no more than a few pages. More information can be found at the Graduate Division and The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

MPP Policy SOP Prompt: The Richard & Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy welcomes applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds and with a variety of career aspirations. Some of our students have had prior experience in the realm of public policy; others have not. It is helpful to us to know more about your background, your motivation, and your long-term goals than can be inferred from your records and references. We would appreciate your helping us by supplying a brief statement of 3-5 pages, double-spaced.

Please address some of these areas:

The present: Why do you want to take an educational program in the analysis and management of public policy?

The past: What experiences or activities bear on your qualifications for this program, e.g., research papers, study groups, job responsibilities, policy or political projects? How do these experiences relate to your decision to undertake the study of public policy analysis and management? If you have been out of school for a year or more, please indicate the positions you have held and your major activities.

The future: What kinds of work and activity would you like to engage in following graduation, and what are your long-range career objectives?

Please supply whatever information you think may help us to understand your candidacy more fully.

MPP/MS (MECHANICAL ENGINEERING)

Two separate Statements of Purpose are required, one for each program. The general Statement of Purpose should address the ME Statement of Purpose prompt. The Policy Statement of Purpose should address the GSPP prompt:

  1. To submit your ME Statement of Purpose - Click on the "Statement of Purpose" link in the left navigation menu and upload your PDF file.
  2. To submit your MPP Policy Statement of Purpose - Click on the "MPP/Mechanical Engineering Program" link in the left navigation menu and upload your PDF file.

ME SOP Prompt: Please describe your aptitude and motivation for graduate study in your area of specialization, including your preparation for this field of study, your academic plans or research interests in your chosen area of study, and your future career goals.  Please be specific about why UC Berkeley would be a good intellectual fit for you.  Essay should be a maximum of 1-2 pages, double-spaced. More information can be found at The Department of Mechanical Engineering.

MPP Policy SOP Prompt: The Richard & Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy welcomes applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds and with a variety of career aspirations. Some of our students have had prior experience in the realm of public policy; others have not. It is helpful to us to know more about your background, your motivation, and your long-term goals than can be inferred from your records and references. We would appreciate your helping us by supplying a brief statement of 3-5 pages, double-spaced.

Please address some of these areas:

The present: Why do you want to take an educational program in the analysis and management of public policy?

The past: What experiences or activities bear on your qualifications for this program, e.g., research papers, study groups, job responsibilities, policy or political projects? How do these experiences relate to your decision to undertake the study of public policy analysis and management? If you have been out of school for a year or more, please indicate the positions you have held and your major activities.

The future: What kinds of work and activity would you like to engage in following graduation, and what are your long-range career objectives?

Please supply whatever information you think may help us to understand your candidacy more fully.

MPP/MS (NUCLEAR ENGINEERING)

Two separate Statements of Purpose are required, one for each program. The general Statement of Purpose should address the NE Statement of Purpose prompt. The Policy Statement of Purpose should address the GSPP prompt:

  1. To submit your NE Statement of Purpose - Click on the "Statement of Purpose" link in the left navigation menu and upload your PDF file.
  2. To submit your MPP Policy Statement of Purpose - Click on the "MPP/Nuclear Engineering Program" link in the left navigation menu and upload your PDF file.

NE SOP Prompt: The statement of purpose is a short essay that is used to assess the knowledge, experience, motivation, intellectual maturity, and readiness of applicants to pursue graduate education at Berkeley.  Applicants should limit this statement to a maximum of 2 pages (single or double spaced), and it should include the following:

  • Why you are interested in pursuing a degree in nuclear engineering;
  • What area of nuclear engineering interests you the most (include names of one or two faculty whose research you are interested in);
  • Any previous research and academic experience that prepared/is preparing you to undertake this research;
  • Your graduate school and career goals;
  • How Berkeley in general and Nuclear Engineering in particular are going to help you achieve those goals;
  • What aspects you bring to the department.

More information can be found at The Department of Nuclear Engineering.

MPP Policy SOP Prompt: The Richard & Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy welcomes applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds and with a variety of career aspirations. Some of our students have had prior experience in the realm of public policy; others have not. It is helpful to us to know more about your background, your motivation, and your long-term goals than can be inferred from your records and references. We would appreciate your helping us by supplying a brief statement of 3-5 pages, double-spaced.

Please address some of these areas:

The present: Why do you want to take an educational program in the analysis and management of public policy?

The past: What experiences or activities bear on your qualifications for this program, e.g., research papers, study groups, job responsibilities, policy or political projects? How do these experiences relate to your decision to undertake the study of public policy analysis and management? If you have been out of school for a year or more, please indicate the positions you have held and your major activities.

The future: What kinds of work and activity would you like to engage in following graduation, and what are your long-range career objectives?

Please supply whatever information you think may help us to understand your candidacy more fully.

Public Policy & International and Area Studies

Students are invited to apply to the International and Area Studies program after enrollment at the Goldman School of Public Policy during the spring semester of their first year of study. They must have at least one year remaining in public policy at the time of their application to the MA program. Students applying for admission to the IAS program should be aware of the requirement of demonstrated proficiency in a modern foreign language and a demonstrated strong background in economics and politics.

Public Policy & Energy Resources Group
MPP/MA & MPP/MS

Applicants chosen for the MPP-ERG Concurrent Degree Program must be admitted to each school separately. Each program will apply the same admissions requirements as used for students not seeking the concurrent degree. Students must follow the following admissions guidelines to be considered for the MPP-ERG concurrent degree. Students must:

  • Apply to the concurrent program from the outset, which requires their application to be reviewed by both programs; OR
  • Apply and matriculate at either ERG or GSPP and then, while a first-semester graduate student apply to the other unit to become a concurrent degree student. If a student does not apply in their first semester of their enrollment in the MPP or ERG Master’s program, they are not eligible to apply at a later date.

Statement of Purpose

Two separate Statements of Purpose are required, one for each program. The general Statement of Purpose should address the ERG Statement of Purpose prompt. The Policy Statement of Purpose should address the GSPP prompt:

  1. To submit your ERG Statement of Purpose - Click on the "Statement of Purpose" link in the left navigation menu and upload your PDF file.
  2. To submit your MPP Policy Statement of Purpose - Click on the "MPP/ERG Program" link in the left navigation menu and upload your PDF file.

ERG SOP Prompt: The State­ment of Pur­pose should dis­cuss your moti­va­tions for want­ing to enter a grad­u­ate degree pro­gram, and specif­i­cally why you would like to study at ERG.  This is an open-ended oppor­tu­nity for you to tell us how you envi­sion this degree fur­ther­ing your plans and dreams for the future. We are not look­ing for a sum­mary of your dis­ser­ta­tion topic or Master’s focus, but a gen­eral state­ment of how this pro­gram fits into your goals. More information here.

MPP Policy SOP Prompt: The Richard & Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy welcomes applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds and with a variety of career aspirations. Some of our students have had prior experience in the realm of public policy; others have not. It is helpful to us to know more about your background, your motivation, and your long-term goals than can be inferred from your records and references. We would appreciate your helping us by supplying a brief statement of 3-5 pages, double-spaced.

Please address some of these areas:

The present: Why do you want to take an educational program in the analysis and management of public policy?

The past: What experiences or activities bear on your qualifications for this program, e.g., research papers, study groups, job responsibilities, policy or political projects? How do these experiences relate to your decision to undertake the study of public policy analysis and management? If you have been out of school for a year or more, please indicate the positions you have held and your major activities.

The future: What kinds of work and activity would you like to engage in following graduation, and what are your long-range career objectives?

Please supply whatever information you think may help us to understand your candidacy more fully.

Public Policy & Social Welfare

Berkeley Social Welfare and the Goldman School of Public Policy jointly offer a three-year concurrent degree program leading to the MSW and MPP degrees. Candidates apply directly to the MPP/MSW Concurrent Degree Program through either school and must be admitted by each school separately. Each program applies the same admissions requirements for concurrent degree students as for all other applicants. Applicants not yet at Berkeley can enroll by being accepted for both the MPP and the MSW (selecting the MAP track). Currently-enrolled Berkeley MPP and MSW students who would like the concurrent degree must submit their application to the complementary school (meeting the regular application deadline) during their first semester in the MPP or MSW program.  Candidates admitted to the concurrent degree formalize their enrollment by submitting the “Petition to Change Degree Goal/Major” to Graduate Division with signatures from each school.  

Statement of Purpose

Two separate Statements of Purpose are required, one for each program. The general Statement of Purpose should address the MSW Statement of Purpose prompt. The Policy Statement of Purpose should address the GSPP prompt:

  1. To submit your MSW Statement of Purpose - Click on the "Statement of Purpose" link in the left navigation menu and upload your PDF file.
  2. To submit your MPP Policy Statement of Purpose - Click on the "MSW/MPP Program" link in the left navigation menu and upload your PDF file.

MSW SOP Prompt: The Statement of Purpose should address your aptitude and motivation for graduate study in your area of specialization, including your preparation for the field of Social Welfare and your future career goals. Please be specific about why Berkeley would be a good intellectual fit for you and focus more generally on your professional past and future. More information here.

MPP Policy SOP Prompt: The Richard & Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy welcomes applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds and with a variety of career aspirations. Some of our students have had prior experience in the realm of public policy; others have not. It is helpful to us to know more about your background, your motivation, and your long-term goals than can be inferred from your records and references. We would appreciate your helping us by supplying a brief statement of 3-5 pages, double-spaced.

Please address some of these areas:

The present: Why do you want to take an educational program in the analysis and management of public policy?

The past: What experiences or activities bear on your qualifications for this program, e.g., research papers, study groups, job responsibilities, policy or political projects? How do these experiences relate to your decision to undertake the study of public policy analysis and management? If you have been out of school for a year or more, please indicate the positions you have held and your major activities.

The future: What kinds of work and activity would you like to engage in following graduation, and what are your long-range career objectives?

Please supply whatever information you think may help us to understand your candidacy more fully.