Public Policy Degree at Pepperdine

Compare Pepperdine's different approach to other programs. We use a unique leadership curriculum that melds quantitative policy analysis with coursework in history and political philosophy to prepare students for impactful careers on either side of the aisle.

Our Master of Public Policy program

  • Gives a commitment to "viewpoint diversity" and welcomes a variety of political perspectives.
  • Is perfect for those on the path toward a Ph.D. as well as those looking for impactful careers in politics and policy.
  • Prepares you for careers in government leadership, policy-related business sectors, nonprofits, foreign service, and think tanks.
  • Offers unique specializations and joint-degree opportunities.
  • Is a top 10 graduate policy program in the West, as ranked by U.S. News and World Report.

Application Deadline for Fall 2019*

June 15, 2019

*Applications Reviewed on Space-Available Basis after deadline*

Why Pepperdine

Our Specializations

  • American Policy and Politics
  • Applied Economic Policy
  • International Relations and National Security
  • Public Policy and Dispute Resolution
  • State and Local Policy

Our Experienced Leadership

Pepperdine's busy speaker calendar brings a wide range of policy leaders to campus. Students learn from real policy practitioners.

Our Locations

We're located in the heart of beautiful Malibu, California, near Los Angeles, and offer learning experiences in Washington, DC.

Affordable Cost of Attendance

The Pepperdine School of Public Policy awards a number of scholarships each year. These awards are made available through endowed funds, gifts from supporters and alumni, and allocation of University general funds. The Scholarship Committee awards scholarship based on merit and academic and professional experiences.


*Average scholarship based on estimated 2018-2019 enrollment data and is not a guarantee of funding.

Why Choose a Master of Public Policy

Compared to other social science master's degree programs, the MPP is simultaneously broad and specific, professional and academic, and practical and theoretical.

Terminal Degree Liberal Arts Education Professional Degree Single-Subject Prepares for PhD Studies
Master of Public Policy (MPP) x x x x
Master of Public Administration x x x
Master of Political Science x x
Master of Arts in Liberal Studies x x
Master of Economics x x
Master of Social Sciences x

MPP Student Testimonials

"I specifically chose Pepperdine because of the focus they put on taking what you learn in the program and applying it to improve society."

Dr. Hattie Mitchell (MPP '12), Founder, Crete Academy

"Coming out of Pepperdine with a broad cross-section of knowledge is invaluable preparation for the actual day-to-day work that you'll be doing."

Troy Senik (MPP '07), Former Speechwriter, The White House; Vice President, Policy & Programs, Manhattan Institute

"The program at Pepperdine helped me to think in a structured way about public policy, giving me the tools to be an effective legislator. Understanding the foundational aspects of our democracy and having a framework for deliberation are critical to making a meaningful impact as an elected official."

Hans Zeiger (MPP '09), Washington State Senator, 25th District

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