Goldman School of Public Policy - University of California, Berkeley

Dean’s Message

Dear Prospective Student:

Thank you for your interest in the Goldman School of Public Policy, one of the nation’s premier graduate institutions for education and research on the most pressing contemporary policy problems in American society and throughout the world. GSPP is a wonderful community of students, faculty, staff and distinguished visitors, all committed to the highest standards of policy analysis in a warm, collegial and beautiful setting.

GSPP has a preeminent reputation in the teaching of methods of policy analysis—utilizing microeconomic, statistical, political, management, legal and computer techniques in their application to solve real-world problems. The School is quintessentially multidisciplinary in credentials and orientation. Faculty are drawn from economics, political science, law, social psychology, demography, architecture, physics, and engineering. Great emphasis is placed on team projects, sharpening oral and written presentation skills, and thinking “outside the box.” 

Each year the school enrolls exceptional students from across the US and abroad from a variety of disciplines and professional experiences for our highly valued Master in Public Policy (MPP) and Master of Public Affairs (MPA) programs. In addition, a few select individuals are admitted to our doctoral program, a research-oriented degree. Students, faculty, staff and alumni coalesce into a wonderful learning environment marked by intellectual rigor and energetic policy debate. A strong sense of enthusiasm and a desire to produce positive social and governmental change permeate the School.

Students have the opportunity to study with leading scholars in a variety of other disciplines and fields outside the School. The University of California, Berkeley is world renowned as one of the most distinguished institutions of higher learning. Located adjacent to San Francisco Bay, the University resides in an area of breathtaking beauty and temperate climate marked by extraordinary geographical and social diversity. The result is an exceptional learning experience both inside and outside the classroom. It is no surprise that our graduates are to be found in leading positions in the federal government, at the state and local levels, and in the non-profit sector, think tanks, legislative bodies, the private sector and international organizations. Representatives of numerous organizations from the public and private sectors visit the School each year to recruit our graduating students.

These are enormously challenging and exciting times in public policy. There is much to study and much to change.

Come join us in this exhilarating and transformative experience.