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MPP and MPA Programs

University of California, Los Angeles, Luskin School of Public Affairs

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Institutional Structure: TO COME

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Program Summary


University: University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Location: Los Angeles, California

Degree: Master of Public Policy (MPP)

Marketing Approach: "Our Master of Public Policy program combines the best of traditional policy education with a flexibility and responsiveness that enables our graduates to remain relevant and influential in a rapidly changing world. A career in public service, with its commitment to the public interest, is no longer limited to working in government. Increasingly, policy making and implementation involve nonprofit and for-profit institutions, often working together and in conjunction with government agencies. By setting the highest standards of excellence and giving students a diversified tool kit of quantitative and analytical skills and the flexibility to design a program of study that incorporates the vast intellectual resources of one of the nation’s top research universities, we produce graduates who are equipped to become real leaders in policy making, wherever that process takes place. Our demanding interdisciplinary program attracts an intellectually outstanding and ethnically diverse group of students from all over the world." (At accessed 9 June 2014.)

Degrees Awarded per Year: Not Listed [Information will be requested from the School]

Academic Unit within University: Luskin School of Public Affairs

Related Academic Units and Degrees: The Luskin School of Public Affairs' graduate programs are listed, by graduate unit, at

Posted FeesCalifornia Residents: $22,950, Non-California Residents: $35,682 for 2014-15 (at, accessed 17 May 2015). 

Concentration/Curriculum OverviewAlthough optional, the concentrations are “gateways” to selected research and teaching areas of distinction at UCLA of particular relevance to public policy. Some courses across the concentration areas are offered by Public Policy faculty, some are taught in the departments and formally cross-listed in Public Policy, and still more are available in the top professional Schools and highly ranked Departments in the College of Letters & Science. Visit the web pages of each concentration to find the Public Policy Faculty members who do research in the area, the overall campus course offerings, penitent UCLA research centers, and other links. The MPP Plan of Study shows how concentration courses fit in the curriculum. The Department features concentrations in: Drug and Crime Policy; Education Policy; Employment and Labor Policy; Environmental Policy; Health Policy; International Policy; Nonprofit Policy; Regional Development Policy; Social Policy; Transportation Policy; and Urban Poverty.

MPP Degree Requirements

Summary:  All students are required to take the core curriculum, which provides a broadly based foundation in social/policy analysis together with relevant quantitative, analytical, managerial, and organizational methods. The first eight of the core courses are normally taken in the first year. Students take a minimum of three or four four-unit courses per quarter for a total of 80 units, including seven core courses, four concentration courses, six electives, and a three-quarter seminar in applied policy analysis. A field internship is also required, generally between the first and second years.

Duration: 2 years (four terms of full-time study).

Academic Prerequisite: Applicants must meet the following requirements for admission: Hold a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university; Establish eligibility for admission to graduate standing in the University of California; Obtain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (B) in all upper division courses; Submit results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

Number of One-Semester-Equivalent Courses Required for Completion: 17.4 (80 units + 10-week internship counting as 2 semester equivalents)

Note 1: UCLA uses a quarter rather than a semester system. We are using the an equivalency of 1 4-unit UCLA course = 10/13 one-semester course and we treat a 10-week required internship as equivalent to 2 one-semester courses. 

Number of Required Courses: 10 one-semester course equivalents plus 10-week internship

Number of Electives Typically Taken (difference between above two entries): 5.4 one-semester course equivalents

Note 2: Courses in concentrations are considered to be electives.

Number of Electives Offered within Program: 64 (47.7 one-semester equivalents)

Comprehensive Examination: No

Thesis Required: No

Internship Required: Yes

International Study Required: No

Co-curricular Activities Supportive to Degree

Professional Development and Career Support: Yes

Student-run Journal: No

Applied Projects: Yes,  

Pro Bono Consulting: No

Courses Offered: The full list of Luskin courses is found the general catalogue at: (accessed 19 May 2015). In the Course Map below, required courses are indicated by (R).

Course Material Online: Very extensive collections of syllabi for 2013-14 and 2012-13 are available at (accessed 29 May 2014).

Instructional Distribution (PEACO Profile): The distribution of instruction offered, based on the course assignments to subjects in the UCLA Luskin Course Map below, weighted by estimated enrolment based on the number of electives offered and number of electives typically taken is displayed below. [See note on PEACO Algorithm.] For the PEACO calculations, the required major project course, PUB PLC 298: Applied Policy and Practice, which is worth 4 one-quarter courses, is treated like the thesis requirement in other programs and is allocated among the subjects according to the enrolment-adjusted weight of the other courses.




Curricular Type Parameters

Number of Courses Required for Graduation


Math-Economics Subjects (EA, QM, Macro, Fin Markets)


Policy-Oriented Subjects


Management-Oriented Subjects


Enrolment-Adjusted Course Distribution

Analysis and Skill Subjects


  - Policy and Management Analysis


  - Economic Analysis



  - Quantitative  and Analytic Methods


  - Leadership and Communication Skills


Institutions and Context Subjects


  - Democratic Institutions and Policy Process


  - Ethics, Rights and Accountability


  - Socioeconomic, Political, and Global Contexts


Management Function Subjects


  - Public Financial Management


  - Evaluation and Performance Measurement


  - Other Management Functions


Policy Sector Subjects


  - Macroeconomic Policy


  - International Development


  - Health


  - Other Policy Sectors




Competency Gap Analysis (in Course-Weeks of Instruction)

Course-Weeks in Core Subjects taken by Typical Student


Surplus or Shortfall Relative to Core Competency Requirement

  - Policy and Management Analysis (CCR = 18 course-weeks)


  - Economic Analysis (CCR = 12)


  - Quantitative Methods (CCR = 12)


  - Analytic Methods (CCR = 6)


  - Leadership Skills (CCR = 9)


  - Communication Skills (CCR = 3 courses)


  - Democratic Institutions and Policy Process (CCR = 18)


  - Ethics, Rights and Accountability (CCR = 6 courses)


  - Socioeconomic and Political Context (CCR = 6)


  - Global Context (CCR = 3)


  - Public Financial Management (CCR = 6)


  - Evaluation and Performance Measurement (CCR = 6)


  - Human Resource Management (CCR = 3)


  - Information and Technology Management (CCR = 3)


  - Macroeconomic Policy (CCR = 6)


  - Environment and Sustainability (CCR = 3)


Subject-Matter Shortfall for Typical Student (Sum of Shortfalls)


Additional Parameters

Total Courses Listed


Courses Designated as Required (inc. Specialization Reqs)


Archetypal Public Affairs Subjects (P&MA, EA, QM, DI&PP)


Archetypal International Affairs Subjects (GC, ID, DS&FR)


Courses Required and Offered

Courses Required to Graduate


Required Courses


Elective Courses Taken by Typical Student


Elective Courses Listed


Enrolment Weight of Elective Course


Total Courses Listed


Source: At and and and and and and and (accessed 29 April 2014).

Page Created By: Kyle Richardson on 29 April 2014 and updated by Ian Clark on 15 June 2014 and Dave Marshall on 3 April 2015. Updating and editing may consist of substantive and/or formatting changes. Unless otherwise noted, however, information regarding a program's structure, curricular offerings and PEACO score is based on the program as it was on the date of page creation. The content presented on this page, except for the assignments of courses to Atlas subjects, the Instructional Distribution analysis, and the Commentary is drawn directly from the source(s) cited above, and consists of direct quotations or close paraphrases.

UCLA Luskin Course Map
 C o u r s e s  O f f e r e d,  l i s t e d  b y  P u b l i c  P o l i c y  a n d  M a n a g e m e n t  S u b j e c t

Analysis and Skills

 Policy and Management Analysis

  PUB PLC 206: Political Economy of Policy Design and Implementation (R)
  PUB PLC 226: Management Challenges and Tools for Nonprofit Sector
  PUB PLC 247: Strategic Planning for Public and Nonprofit Organizations
  PUB PLC 210: Methods of Policy Analysis (R)
  PUB PLC 281: Political Environment of American Business
  PUB PLC 297A: Marschak Colloquium: Policy Implications in Behavioral Sciences (1/2)
  PUB PLC 297B: Introduction to Public Policy (1/2)
  PUB PLC 209: Management in the 21st Century (R)

 Economic Analysis

  PUB PLC 201: Principles of Microeconomic Theory I (R)
  PUB PLC 204: Principles of Microeconomic Theory II (R)

 Quantitative Methods

  PUB PLC 203: Statistical Methods of Policy Analysis I (R)
  PUB PLC 208: Statistical Methods of Policy Analysis II (R)
  PUB PLC 218: Research Design and Methods for Social Policy

 Analytic Methods

  PUB PLC 224A: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (D)
  PUB PLC 224B: Advanced Geographic Information Systems

 Leadership Skills

  PUB PLC 228: Leadership, Development, and Governance of Nonprofit Organizations (D)
  PUB PLC 205: Institutional Leadership and Public Manager (D)

 Communication Skills


Multiple Subjects

 Internships, Major Projects, Theses, Capstones, etc.

  PUB PLC 297C: Public Policy Analysis Lectures (1/2)
  PUB PLC 298A: Applied Policy Project I (R/2)
  PUB PLC 298B: Applied Policy Project II (3R)
  PUB PLC 298C: Applied Policy Project III (R/2)
  Internship (2R)

Institutions and Context

 Democratic Institutions and Policy Process

  PUB PLC 246: Electoral Democracy: Theory and Behavior
  PUB PLC 202: American Political Institutions and Processes (R)

 Social and Political Context

  PUB PLC 295: Law and Poor
  PUB PLC 248: Toleration, Pluralism, and Diversity
  PUB PLC 253: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Law and Public Policy Research

 Ethics, Rights and Accountability

  PUB PLC 211: Normative Issues in Policy Analysis (R)
  PUB PLC 237: Ethical Questions in Public Life

 Intergovernmental and Global Context

  PUB PLC 207: International Political Economy
  PUB PLC 245: Critical Policy Issues and Problems in Globalizing World

Management Functions

 Public Financial Management

  PUB PLC 251: Public Budgeting and Finance (D)

 Evaluation and Performance Measurement

 Human Resource Management

  PUB PLC 231: Comparative Industrial Relations

 Information Management and Technology

 Regulatory Policy and Management

  PUB PLC 293: Privatization, Regulation, and Public Finance

 Local Government Management

 Nonprofit Management and Advocacy

  PUB PLC 227: Nonprofit Sector, State and Civil Society (D)
  PUB PLC 229: Law and Management of Nonprofit Organizations

Policy Sectors

 Macroeconomic Policy

 International Development

 Social Policy and Welfare

  PUB PLC 212: Child Welfare Policy
  PUB PLC 214: Poverty, Poor, and Welfare Reform
  PUB PLC 216: Public Policy for Children and Youth
  PUB PLC 239: Budget Politics, Social Policy, and Entitlement Reform
  PUB PLC 260: Foundations of Social Welfare Policy
  PUB PLC 261: Aging Policy, Elderly and Families


  PUB PLC 213: Mental Health Policy (D)
  PUB PLC 215: Health Policy
  PUB PLC 235: Drug Abuse Control Policy
  PUB PLC 266: Advanced Topics in Health Economics
  PUB PLC 267: Medicare Reform (D)
  PUB PLC 268: Microeconomic Theory of Health Sector (D)
  PUB PLC 269: Healthcare Policy and Finance (D)


  PUB PLC 225: Education Policy and Education Inequality (D)
  PUB PLC 294: Education Markets and Education Policy

 Employment, Labour and Immigration

  PUB PLC 233: Employment Issues in California (D)
  PUB PLC 234: Labor Markets and Social Policy
  PUB PLC 289A: Immigration, Racial Change, and Education in 21st-Century Metropolis
  PUB PLC 289B: Immigration, Racial Change, and Education in 21st-Century Metropolis

 Cities, Urban and Regional Development

  PUB PLC 220: Transportation and Land Use: Urban Form (D)
  PUB PLC 221: Travel Behavior Analysis
  PUB PLC 240: Theories of Regional Economic Development I (D)
  PUB PLC 241: Introduction to Regional Planning
  PUB PLC 242: Regional Development, Urbanization, and Industrial Policy
  PUB PLC 243: Community Development and Housing Policies: Roles of State, Civil Society, and Nonprofits (D)
  PUB PLC 271: Urban Poverty, Workforce Development, and Public Policy

 Environment and Sustainability

  PUB PLC 223: Transportation and Environmental Issues (D)
  PUB PLC 250: Environmental and Resource Economics and Policy
  PUB PLC 252: Introduction to Environmental Policy (D)
  PUB PLC 286: Policy Analysis of Emerging Environmental Technologies

 Agriculture and Resources

 Science, Technology and Innovation

  PUB PLC 280B: Growth, Science, and Technology
  PUB PLC 28: Science, Technology, and Public Policy (D)
  PUB PLC 280A: Research and Development Policy

 Industry, Trade and Investment

 Energy, Transport and Infrastructure

  PUB PLC 222: Transportation Economics, Finance, and Policy
  PUB PLC 244: Transportation Policy and Planning (D)

 Defence, Security and Foreign Relations

  PUB PLC 272: Crisis Decision Making in U.S. Foreign Policy
  PUB PLC 274: U.S. National Security Policy

 Policing and Justice Administration

  PUB PLC 219: Crime Control Policy (D)

 Arts and Culture

  PUB PLC 238: Issues in Cultural Policy

 Financial Markets

 Other Policy Sectors

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