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Pepperdine University

School of Public Policy

Pepperdine’s School of Public Policy was founded almost two decades ago by noted scholars and leaders like James Q. Wilson, Jack Kemp, and Michael Novak, as a response to many of the government-centric policy programs of the time. Because of these beginnings, Pepperdine offers students a comprehensive curriculum grounded in both policy analysis and an exceptional understanding of the many factors – cultural, historical, and constitutional – that affect the implementation of public policy. We focus on developing ethical leaders who can consider the role of government, free-markets, and faith as they craft effective policy solutions and solve public policy challenges at home and abroad. We re-center the argument of public policy upon a foundation of values and important ideas that have stood the test of time, rooted in the classic literature of history, philosophy, and economics and are guided by moral and ethical principles best captured in the lives of great leaders.

We take a fresh, innovative, and student-centered approach to the increasingly important interdisciplinary field of public policy. Pepperdine’s program is built on a distinctive philosophy that impacts the study and application of public policy in several important respects:

  • Public policy is not limited to the study of government solutions, but is broadened to embrace a full range of community-based and free-market approaches to public policy challenges.
  • Effective public policy solutions are rooted in the classic literature of history, philosophy, and economics and are guided by moral and ethical principles best captured in the lives of great leaders.
  • The teaching of public policy goes beyond the theoretical survey of problems, highlighting policy applications that have proven to be effective.
  • Many policy challenges are best resolved at state and local levels. Southern California and Los Angeles provide an ideal laboratory in which to study such issues.

The School of Public Policy possesses a commitment to grass-roots problem solving within a community that is reflective of Pepperdine’s Christian heritage.

Degree Programs

Master of Public Policy (MPP)
Master of Business Administration/Master of Public Policy (MBA/MPP)
Juris Doctor/Master of Public Policy (JD/MPP)
Master of Dispute Resolution/Master of Public Policy (MDR/MPP)


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