Public Policy brochure
Information about the Master of Public Policy degree
“UCLA Luskin has exceeded all of my expectations, and I could not think of a better place to be.” Brandon Dowling Master of Public Policy AT UCLA LUSKIN ONE PLACE Health, education, the environment, poverty— these are just some of the most urgent issues confronting lawmakers and civic leaders today. As a public policy practitioner, you have the ability to influence decision-making at the highest level. By blending new perspectives and evidence-based analysis with creative approaches, you are well positioned to create widespread change at every level of our society. To change the world, you need to know how the world is changing. Located in the diverse urban city of Los Angeles, UCLA Luskin’s Department of Public Policy provides access to a real-world social laboratory to apply your knowledge and broaden your perspectives. Your fellow students will help—57 percent of our students come from diverse backgrounds, and their research interests cover the full range of social and applied sciences. What’s more, our Master of Public Policy degree offers collaboration with many of the university’s top-tier programs. Founded in 1994, the Department of Public Policy seeks to: • enhance the range of ideas and knowledge about public issues • conduct research directed at problems that affect society • educate public policy professionals for leadership • partner with public servants and the community to solve public problems Right now. Right here. Discover the power of one to empower the lives of many. Only at UCLA Luskin. “We’re here to create a better world —one person, one project, one place at a time.” Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr., Dean, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs M ASTER O F P UBLI C P O LI C Y The Power of One PUBLIC POLICY At UCLA Luskin, we believe in the power of one to empower the many. ONE PROGRAM UCLA Luskin’s Master of Public Policy is a full-time, two-year program that combines analysis, policy making, and advanced case study experience to prepare you to become an informed decision maker. As part of your curriculum, you will participate in a team-based final project that prepares you for real-world client interaction. Choose from a wide range of elective and concentration courses to hone your area of interest in: • Crime and drug abuse • Education • Employment and labor • Health • International issues • Regional development • Social welfare • Sustainability • Transportation • Urban poverty *Or create your own in consultation with faculty luskin.ucla.edu Collaborate with faculty recognized as leading scholars in disciplines such as: • Economics • Environmental studies • Geography • Health • Immigration • Political Science • Regulatory Policy • Urban Redevelopment ONE PASSION UCLA Luskin Public Policy graduates are represented in a broad range of sectors and professions, ranging from teachers and engineers to community organizers and journalists. What they all share in common is a passion to make lasting and effective change by remedying social injustices. Where are UCLA Luskin policy graduates? • California Department of Finance • California Public Utilities Commission • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau • Deloitte Consulting LLP • Food & Drug Administration • Los Angeles Unified School District • Southern California Edison PUBLIC POLICY GRADUATES Working in: 39 impact 6% % Nonprofit Higher Education Sector 29% 26 % Public Sector 77% employed within 3 months of graduation 45% found employment through a connection built at UCLA Luskin FUNDING YOUR UCLA DEGREE As a UCLA Luskin student, you have a variety of financial aid options, including merit-based fellowships. The Financial Aid Office also provides need-based funding and loans for eligible applicants. Positions such as teaching assistantships and graduate student researcher appointments are generally available to current students entering their second year of study in the program. Additional funding is available from both the UCLA Graduate Division and the Financial Aid Office. For further information, visit our website. “Be courageous. Be bold. Be true to yourself. And most of all, change the world.” Michelle De Santiago Master of Public Policy 3250 Public Affairs Building Box 951656, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1656 310.825.0448 email@example.com luskin.ucla.edu/public-policy ONE PERSON: RUSTY BAILEY M ASTER O F P UBLI C P O LI C Y Private Sector Rusty Bailey, a 1999 Master of Public Policy graduate, was elected Mayor of Riverside in November 2012. The native of California’s 12th-largest city used a door-todoor walking campaign to win over 58 percent of the votes, as some of his UCLA Luskin colleagues joined him on the campaign trail. A former intern to Public Policy Professor Michael Dukakis, a fellow at the White House, and a graduate of West Point, Bailey also served as a high school teacher. “Going door-to-door made the difference in connecting with the voters and informing me of the issues out there,” Bailey says about his campaign. “They appreciated that the candidate came out to the individuals, and I gained important local knowledge as well.” THE POWER OF ONE: ONE PERSON. ONE PROJECT. ONE PLACE AT A TIME.