The Master of Public Policy and Master of Public Administration programs admission process involves careful review of each applicant's background, experience and goals. We accept applications on a rolling basis, with a priority and final application deadline for both terms. The admissions committee reviews applications received every two weeks so you will receive an admission decision in a timely way. Having a complete application submitted on or before the priority deadline guarantees you consideration for our largest scholarships.

The priority application deadline for Fall 2024 is August 1, 2024.

We encourage all interested applicants to apply as early as possible. For questions about the admissions process, contact our Coordinator for Admissions and Academic Services, Bla Chang.

The following application materials are required for admission.

Bachelor's Degree

Applicants must have earned their bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.


Official transcripts for all course work taken after high school are required to complete your application. Please do not send transcripts to University of the Pacific.

Unofficial transcripts may be used for admission review purposes. We encourage all applicants to upload any unofficial transcripts to their application to speed up the review process. Please note that official transcripts will still be required to complete your application and must be submitted by the first day of class.

Personal Statement (three to five double-spaced pages)

A personal statement that describes your interest in public service and addresses the following:

  • Your purpose in pursuing the MPA or MPP degree at Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law
  • A general sense of what you hope to achieve with your degree after graduating

Two (2) Letters of Recommendation

Two letters are required, but you may submit up to four. Letters of recommendation should be from anyone who can speak to your professional skills and your ability to succeed at the graduate level.


A current resume which includes all relevant professional experience.

Additional Requirements for International Applicants

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Attend an information session or contact the Public Policy Programs Office

Email | 916.520.7471