School of Public Policy Accepting Applications

Admissions process begins for fall 2015 for Master of Public Policy program

Interdisciplinary building

Offices of the School of Public Policy are located in the CHASS Interdisciplinary Building.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Aspiring policymakers and current practitioners who seek fresh ideas to solve complex regional problems will encounter a distinctive way of thinking about those issues at the UC Riverside School of Public Policy. The university’s newest professional school is accepting applications for fall 2015 enrollment in the Master of Public Policy program.

Applications are due Jan. 5, 2015, to be considered for financial aid. Information about the application process is available here. Approximately 20 students will be admitted to the M.P.P. program for the fall 2015 quarter. This number will increase gradually to an annual intake of 50 to 60 students over five years.

The UCR School of Public Policy will take a global approach to addressing regional and local policy challenges, unlike the majority of the nation’s policy schools, said Anil Deolalikar, dean of the school. Most important, he said, is the emphasis on training policymakers, policy analysts and policy practitioners who will stay and serve in Southern California.

“Our goal is that in 10 years many of our M.P.P. graduates will be working in key policymaking and policy-influencing positions in Inland Southern California and beyond,” he said. “That will improve the quality of decision-making in the region and the quality of life here.”

Most policy schools in the United States are focused on national and global problems. As these programs have become more global, they have forgotten that some of the biggest policy challenges that need to be addressed are at the local and regional levels, Deolalikar explained.

Anil Deolalikar

Anil Deolalikar, dean

“For instance, most pressing for us is to know how to cope with the drought facing our region and the environmental challenges associated with the Salton Sea,” he said. “We can use global lessons and knowledge to address these problems. For example, we can learn from how the Australians dealt with their Millennium Drought. Likewise, there are useful policy lessons for the developing world from the water management and water pricing systems put in place in Southern California.”

Equally important will be the school’s emphasis on responding to policy challenges that cross jurisdictional boundaries, such as water, environmental concerns and immigration, Deolalikar said.

“Southern California is one vast ecosystem, from Mexico to Temecula and beyond,” he said. “What happens in one place affects what happens in another. Organizations like the Western Riverside Council of Governments and Southern California Association of Governments attempt to do this, and we will emphasize this in our coursework and research. Regional planning that transcends traditional boundaries like cities and counties is very important to Inland Southern California.”

Internships will provide students with opportunities to explore a variety of public policy careers and hands-on experience with policy practitioners in the Inland area.

Future degree programs will include an M.D./M.P.P., a Master of Science in Global Health, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy.

Although the process of recruiting faculty for the School of Public Policy continues, these current UCR faculty are transferring their appointments from other colleges on the campus either full or part time:

Juliann Allison, from the Department of Political Science; Ken Barenklau, environmental sciences; David Biggs, history; Steve Brint, sociology; Paul D’Anieri, UCR provost and executive vice chancellor, political science; Ariel Dinar, environmental sciences; Kevin Esterling, political science; Mindy Marks, economics; Karthick Ramakrishnan, political science; and Kurt Schwabe, environmental sciences.

The school also will search this year for faculty to fill four additional positions that will be held jointly with other colleges at UCR.

Three additional faculty are affiliated with the school because of their leadership of research centers that fall under the school: Ron Loveridge, political science, Center for Sustainable Suburban Development; Steven Clark, psychology, Presley Center for Crime and Justice Studies; and Mary Gauvain, psychology, One Health Center of the UC Global Health Institute.


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