School of Public Policy

Campaign Goal: $24 million

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Think. Act. Change. Lead.

These four simple words resonate in the hearts and minds of Pepperdine's public policy faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Approximately 100 students enroll annually in the Pepperdine University School of Public Policy to study a wide and stimulating range of community-based and free market approaches to public policy challenges. The curriculum encourages students to investigate current practices and explore new opportunities for making positive change.

The School of Public Policy is determined to distinguish itself from other schools intent on producing analysts and forecasters. To attract the most promising students who possess both the intellect to grasp the complexities of economics, politics, history, and the law, and a heart for public service, the school must endow an aggressive scholarship program as well as several key institutes, professorships, and chairs.

As a requirement for graduation, public policy scholars pursue an internship in their area of study, working in a government office, a nonprofit agency, or an international setting. Internships provide valuable, hands-on experience, enabling students to realize their potential to make a positive impact in the world.

To help our students and alumni achieve their career goals and make significant strides in policy reform, the University must raise funds to provide meaningful training in and out of the classroom. Campaign initiatives have the potential to cultivate a community of policy-minded leaders on our campus and advance the School of Public Policy to a national level of excellence in policy education and leadership.