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.  Applications received before the final deadline are considered for scholarships as funds are available.


Fall Priority Deadline: March 1

The final application deadline for Fall 2023 is July 24


Spring Priority Deadline: November 1

The final application deadline for Spring 2024 is December 11


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. Official transcripts must be sent directly to GradCAS. Detailed instructions can be found at Sending Official Transcripts to GradCAS. 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

Your recommenders will be required to submit their recommendations in the GradCAS system. 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

How to Apply

Prospective students apply to either the MPA or MPP program by using the link below to access the GradCAS application. When you get to the GradCAS page, follow these steps to start working on your application:

  1. Select the term you are seeking admission.
  2. Create an account on GradCAS.
  3. When you first sign into your account, go the Add Program tab at the top of the page. To quickly find our program, type in “Public Administration” or “Public Policy” and scroll to the bottom of the page.
  4. Press the + symbol next to the program name to add the program to your application. You will see a green checkmark that confirms your selected program has been added to your GradCAS application.
Apply to the MPA or MPP Program
Complete a FAFSA!


Attend an information session or contact the Public Policy Programs Office

Email | 916.520.7471