The program emphasizes practical and applied dimensions of policy-making and implementation, encouraging students to develop skills in:
The heart of the school is the Master in Public Policy (MPP), a two-year program designed to equip students for careers in public leadership, including government, politics, the nonprofit and private sectors. The MPP core courses provide a foundation in subjects ranging from political decision making and legal analysis to microeconomic theory and statistical modeling. The curriculum also includes five electives, taken at GSPP or on the UC Berkeley campus, that allow students to focus on a particular policy area or set of policy tools.
Financial assistance for educational expenses is available from the School on a competitive basis to those who apply. In order to be eligible for a fellowship, applicants must submit the Financial Assistance page of the GSPP application and the appropriate forms in the graduate application packet. The request for aid cannot be considered until all the required supporting materials are received. You will be notified about any departmental award in your admission letter.