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America’s Most Distinctive Policy School


Contents 2 EARN YOUR MASTER OF PUBLIC POLICY 3 Cross-Sector Public Leadership Curriculum 4 Joint Degrees 5 One Degree | Five Specializations 7 Washington, DC Policy Scholars Program

8 C IVIC ENGAGEMENT AND VIEWPOINT DIVERSITY

8 Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership 9 Homeland Security Advisory Council 10 A Premier Faith-Based School 11 Student Organizations

12 LOCATION 13 Southern California Life

14 BECOME A FUTURE WAVEMAKER 14 What Is a Wavemaker? 15 Putting Studies into Practice 16 Where in the World Are SPP Wavemakers?


Learn to lead at the Pepperdine school of public policy


Earn Your Master of Public Policy

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Cross-Sector Public Leadership Curriculum The world needs leaders. In an era marked by polarization, the School of Public Policy prepares public leaders who can work across differences and sectors to create sustainable solutions. The Master of Public Policy program, a U.S. News & World Report top 10 graduate policy program in the West, emphasizes diversity in viewpoints and political perspectives— ideal for those on the path toward a PhD, as well as those looking for impactful careers. A School of Public Policy degree: § Prepares students for careers in government leadership, the private sector, nonprofits, foreign service, and think tanks § Offers unique specializations and joint degree opportunities § Provides critical-thinking, problem-solving, and ethics training appreciated by employers publicpolicy.pepperdine.edu

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Joint Degrees The School of Public Policy offers students an opportunity to combine their studies with a degree from another prestigious Pepperdine program.

MASTER OF PUBLIC POLICY/JURIS DOCTOR A four-year, full-time program with the Pepperdine Caruso School of Law

MASTER OF PUBLIC POLICY/MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION A three-year, full-time program with the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School

MASTER OF PUBLIC POLICY/MASTER OF DISPUTE RESOLUTION A joint program with the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine Caruso School of Law publicpolicy.pepperdine.edu/joint-degrees 4


one degree | five specializations (Double specialization available without adding additional time)

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American Policy and Politics

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Applied Economic Policy

A policy-area specialization exploring American domestic policy, political thought, and history, and their connections to American society and culture

A skills-based specialization honing econometric skills and providing economic theory expertise for the thorough analysis of social and economic issues and the determination of the appropriate role of government in a market economy

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State and Local Policy

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Dispute Resolution

A policy-area specialization providing students with the expertise and analysis and leadership skills to tackle the wide range of issues affecting states, regions, and localities

A skills-based specialization teaching the techniques of negotiation, mediation, and arbitration with a focus on policy leadership, development, and implementation

International Relations and National Security

A policy-area specialization examining the art of statesmanship and diplomacy; alliance building and national security assessment; international economic aid and development; and the role of US, non-US, and multinational organizations in global leadership

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Coming out of Pepperdine with a broad cross-section of knowledge is an invaluable preparation for the actual day-to-day work that you'll be doing.

Troy Senik (MPP ’07) Former Speechwriter, The White House; Former Vice President, Policy & Programs, Manhattan Institute

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Washington, DC Policy Scholars Program The Washington, DC Policy Scholars Program explores topics typically untouched by DC-based policy studies programs, encouraging its participants to thoroughly understand the vital interconnection between culture, history, and public policy. The program consists of a variety of exclusive, full-tuition scholarship, 3-unit graduate-level courses. Limited to 20 qualified scholars, students learn from top policy academics and practitioners over four summer weeks at Pepperdine’s Washington, DC campus. The program is open to rising undergraduate juniors and seniors, currently enrolled graduate students, and early- to mid-career individuals with a bachelor’s degree. publicpolicy.pepperdine.edu/washington-dc-policy-programs/scholars publicpolicy.pepperdine.edu

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CIVIC ENGAGEMENT AND VIEWPOINT DIVERSITY Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership The Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership works with local governments, nonprofit organizations, and residents to both promote and support constructive and broad-based civic involvement in decisions that affect people where they live and work.

TRAINING The Davenport Institute offers to help local and regional leaders improve their public engagement skills.

THOUGHT LEADERSHIP The institute offers a variety of resources to help design, deliver, and promote inclusive, authentic, and effective public engagement.

CONVENING Central to the institute’s goals is its provision of a unique platform where partners committed to civic leadership and public participation in local government are brought together. publicpolicy.pepperdine.edu/davenport-institute 8

Put most simply, public policy is about solving problems. Partnerships with the Davenport Institute and HSAC@SPP provide students with access to hands-on problem-solving opportunities, teaching them how to best engage with and lead their communities to make solutions work.

Michael Shires Associate Dean for Strategy and Special Projects, Director of Assessment, Associate Professor of Public Policy


Homeland Security Advisory Council The Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) at the School of Public Policy is an innovative academic enterprise focusing on disaster preparedness, crisis management, and resiliency through engaging the public, private, and civic sectors.

TECHNOLOGY HSAC’s web-based crisis and event management platform, SALUS - The Crisis Hub, puts the power of geographic information systems directly into the hands of crisis managers, public safety professionals, and policymakers, providing its users with an innovative way to visualize information and effectively analyze data.

ENGAGEMENT SPP and HSAC bring together cross-sector leaders to speak on emerging crisis management issues and how to solve them, and to hold workshops on emergency management and leadership.

CAPABILITY HSAC supports policy research and educates the broader community throughout Los Angeles in best emergency management practices. publicpolicy.pepperdine.edu/hsac publicpolicy.pepperdine.edu

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A Premier Faith-Based School The Pepperdine School of Public Policy is one of only a handful of master of public policy programs based at a Christian university. For this reason the program emphasizes the human, moral, and ethical dimensions of policy challenges in its coursework alongside quantitative and qualitative analysis. The importance of faith in preparing ethical leaders and the foundational significance of religious liberty are integral to the program's teachings and students from all faith backgrounds are welcome.

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Student Organizations Even in a graduate school, co- and extracurricular activities play a vital role in leadership development. School of Public Policy students may contribute to a journal or join any of seven policy-related student organizations in addition to the entire Pepperdine student life community. § Association of Environmental Professionals § Christianity and Public Policy § Churchill Society § International City/County Management Association § Pepperdine Policy Review § Pi Alpha Alpha, the National Honor Society of Public Affairs and Administration § Politics in Public Policy § Women in Public Policy publicpolicy.pepperdine.edu/student-life/activities publicpolicy.pepperdine.edu

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national parks and forests

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amusement parks, including Disneyland and Universal Studios

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miles to Hollywood Bowl

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state parks and beaches

location Other than Los Angeles, where could you surf at sunrise, ski in the afternoon, and camp in the desert that same evening?

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Pepperdine

miles to Santa Monica pier


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zoos and aquariums

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miles to Beverly Hills

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miles to venice beach

Southern California Life MALIBU­— “THE BU” Enjoy 21 miles of scenic coastline just 35 miles northwest of Downtown Los Angeles. Explore some of the best seafood restaurants, beaches, surfing, hiking, and shopping that Southern California has to offer.

Los Angeles Santa Monica

With an average of 284 days of sun, and average highs and lows of 76 and 57 degrees, the greater Los Angeles and Southern California area is a cultural, entertainment, and recreational playground.

LOS ANGELES Outside of Washington, DC, Los Angeles is the largest government center—home to international consulates; federal, state, and local government agencies; and active nonprofits.

CAMPUS VISITS Prospective students are encouraged to visit the School of Public Policy facilities in Malibu. Please call 310.506.7493 or email sppadmissions@pepperdine.edu to schedule a tour. publicpolicy.pepperdine.edu

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BECOME A FUTURE WAVEMAKER What Is a Wavemaker? WAVEMAKER noun Definition of wavemaker An individual, having graduated from the Pepperdine School of Public Policy with a master of public policy, who exemplifies cross-sector public leadership by working across differences and across sectors to solve challenges in a sustainable manner.

OTHER WORDS FROM WAVEMAKER WAVEMAKING noun or adjective

EXAMPLE OF WAVEMAKER IN A SENTENCE // One of the singular traits of the wavemaker is the ability to have an impact in any career, with any title, in any sector. publicpolicy.pepperdine.edu/wavemakers 14


My decision to attend the Pepperdine School of Public Policy was heavily influenced by the program’s internship component. Interning at the White House gave me the opportunity to apply the skills I had learned during my first year to the policy-making process. The combination of policy-related coursework and practical application is what sets Pepperdine apart from other schools and distinguishes its students from the rest.

Hattie Arrington (MPP ’12) Founder and CEO, Crete Academy 2020 Visiting Professor of Education Policy and Impact

Putting Studies into Practice Two real-world policy-application requirements are part of our program.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT The professional development requirement enables students to build their professional skills and networks, and see the variety of career opportunities available to them. publicpolicy.pepperdine.edu/master-public-policy/ professional-development

POLICY INTERNSHIP The policy internship requirement ensures students get hands-on public policy experience. In order to provide preparation for a postgraduate career, students must complete a substantive policy internship within the public, private, or nonprofit civic area. publicpolicy.pepperdine.edu/master-public-policy/internships publicpolicy.pepperdine.edu

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WHERE IN THE WORLD ARE SPP WAVEMAKERS? The School of Public Policy may be boutique in size, but our alumni network can be found in every corner of the globe.

GRADUATES GLOBALLY

73% 11%

EASTERN ASIA EUROPE

LATIN/SOUTH 7% AMERICA MIDDLE EAST/ 7% CENTRAL ASIA

2% 16

AFRICA

GRADUATES IN THE UNITED STATES

56% CALIFORNIA

13%

Washington, DC Area

13%

South Mountain/Pacific West

7% 4%

Mid-Atlantic/New England

4%

Midwest

GRADUATES IN CALIFORNIA 51%

LOS ANGELES

5%

OTHER CALIFORNIA

28%

OTHER SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

5%

SACRAMENTO AREA

9%

BAY AREA/ SILICON VALLEY

3%

CENTRAL VALLEY


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