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Pepperdine University School of Public Policy

City Year is proud to partner with Pepperdine University's School of Public Policy, offering 40%-70% tuition scholarships and several other benefits to City Year applicants.

Pepperdine University’s School of Public Policy offers City Year AmeriCorps members, alums and staff

40%-70% scholarships

All City Year applicants to Pepperdine’s School of Public Policy will be eligible to receive a minimum 40% to 70% tuition scholarship, as well as additional benefits, depending on your eligibility tier level:

Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.7

  • Minimum 70% tuition scholarship
  • Standardized test score and ethical/moral dilemma essay admission requirements waived
  • Only one letter of recommendation required for admission (must be from an academic reference)
  • Automatic acceptance into the Washington, D.C. Policy Scholars program for the summer term immediately preceding your first term of enrollment (a separate application is required)

Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.2 and up to 3.7

  • Minimum 55% tuition scholarship
  • Standardized test score and ethical/moral dilemma essay admission requirements waived

Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and up to 3.2

  • Minimum 40% tuition scholarship

Scholarships are awarded to City Year AmeriCorps members and alums who complete at least one term of service and City Year staff employed for at least two years.

Eligible programs

Additional benefits

  • Eligibility for the transfer of six elective credits (pending review of program elements and based on criteria set forth in the academic catalog)
  • Early class registration time for the first term of enrollment
  • No fee to apply.

Why City Year loves Pepperdine University’s School of Public Policy

Pepperdine University’s School of Public Policy prepares the next generation of policy and political leaders through America’s distinctive Master of Public Policy curriculum. Balancing coursework in philosophy and history with quantitative classes in economics and policy analysis, graduates go on to careers across the government, nonprofit and policy-related business sectors. Both inside and outside the classroom, Pepperdine’s students experience the university’s commitment to viewpoint diversity, seeing policy debates from both sides of the aisle as a unique way of preparing servant leaders.

To apply

Visit the School of Public Policy’s admissions website to learn more about the application requirements and apply online.

To identify your City Year affiliation and apply for the scholarship

To identify your City Year affiliation, please start your application. Next, upload only your undergraduate transcript (showing your courses and cumulative GPA) and résumé (include your City Year affiliation). For the question “Are you affiliated with one of our partner organizations?”, select “Yes” and type in “City Year”. Wait to upload your ethical/moral dilemma essay and official test scores. Then, submit your application (this does not finalize your application).

You will be able to return and complete your application once your tier level is confirmed. Your documents will be reviewed, and your tier level will be emailed to you. Your status must be approved by the admissions office before partnership benefits are granted. Email sppadmissions@pepperdine.edu with any questions.

To contact the admissions office

To contact the School of Public Policy’s admissions office, please call (310) 506-7493 or email sppadmissions@pepperdine.edu with any questions.

Please note that all admissions and scholarship decisions are made by the educational institution. AmeriCorps members, alums and staff interested in these scholarships must complete the full application process for the institution. Please pay close attention to deadlines and consider beginning work on your applications early in the year.

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