Full Scholarships Offered for M.P.P. Program

Well-qualified applicants eligible for free tuition at School of Public Policy

New SPP logoRIVERSIDE, Calif. – The School of Public Policy at the University of California, Riverside will offer scholarships covering full tuition to well-qualified applicants seeking admission to the Master of Public Policy degree program.

Individuals who apply for admission by Jan. 5 will be considered for the two-year scholarship. Information about the application process is available here. In addition, a limited number of stipends will be available for students to undertake an internship and try out the job of their dreams. UC Riverside is engaging in an ambitious fundraising campaign to provide as many students in the inaugural class as possible with full-tuition scholarships.

The scholarships are funded by generous alumni and friends of UCR who support the School of Public Policy. Funds also have been donated by UCR faculty and staff, including a $10,000 contribution from Anil Deolalikar, founding dean of the School of Public Policy.

“I am personally supporting these scholarships because our graduates are going to be the leaders of tomorrow and I see it as an investment in the future of our community, our state, and our world,” Deolalikar said.

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 students over five years.

“We are looking for students who want to use their education to bring about social change by designing and implementing public policies that can tackle the big challenges facing local communities around the world today,” Deolalikar said. “These challenges include climate change, water insecurity, suburban sprawl, poverty, health disparities, and declining educational standards,” he added.

The UCR School of Public Policy (http://spp.ucr.edu/) will take a distinctive global approach to addressing regional and local policy challenges, Deolalikar explained. Most important, he said, is the emphasis on training policymakers, policy analysts and policy practitioners who will stay and serve communities in Southern California.

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

“Our goal is that in 10 years many of our M.P.P. graduates will be working in key policy-making and policy-influencing positions in Inland Southern California and beyond,” said Ron Loveridge, a former mayor of Riverside and past president of the National League of Cities who helped establish the internship program for the School of Public Policy. “That will improve the quality of decision-making, and thereby the quality of life in this region.”

Offering two-year scholarships to exceptional students will encourage those “who might be thinking about careers in public service, especially for positions that are highly rewarding but not highly paid,” explained Associate Dean Karthick Ramakrishnan. “For well-qualified individuals who are passionate about public service, this could be an important incentive.”

The M.P.P. has been one of the fastest-growing professional degree programs in the United States in the last 10 to 15 years, Deolalikar noted.

“It is a very versatile degree that prepares you for careers in local, state and federal government, nonprofit organizations and NGOs, public relations offices of for-profit companies, and public agencies such as water districts, school districts, economic development offices, environmental regulatory agencies, and transit authorities,” he said.

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. There is already a popular undergraduate major in public policy offered in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, which will move to the School of Public Policy in the near future.

For questions about the application process contact Will Suh, student affairs coordinator, at (951) 827-2859 or william.suh@ucr.edu.

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