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School of Public Policy
As a Public Policy student, you will think globally and act locally. You will also dive into a rich variety of coursework and field experience, ranging from environmental sciences and sustainable suburban development to crime and justice studies.
UCR’s new School of Public Policy trains tomorrow's leaders in data-driven, solution-based policy making. An emphasis is placed on applying policy lessons from other parts of the world to solve issues facing California, and specifically the Inland Empire region.
School of Public Policy graduates go on to work as public policy analysts, attorneys, campaign managers, health educators, grant writers, politicians, and marketing and communications specialists.Visit the School of Public Policy Website
Majors & Minors
UCR is the only UC campus to offer an Undergraduate Public Policy Major. You can major or minor in two of six specialized tracks:
- Health/Population Policy
- Social/Cultural/Family Policy
- Economic Policy
- Urban/Environmental Policy
- Policy Policy Institutions and Processes
- International/Foreign Policy
Undecided? We Can Help
The School of Public Policy helps students successfully transition
into a major field of study that is consistent with their aptitudes, values and goals.
UCR is the only UC to offer an undergraduate degree in public policy.
UCR is the 3rd school in the UC system to have a public policy school.
Undergraduate Public Policy majors can specialize in 2 of 6 tracks.
$284,680 was awarded to study the health impacts of local drought.
In the Spotlight
“One of the ways in which the UCR School of Public Policy distinguishes itself from
other policy schools is by addressing issues that are important locally and statewide,
from water management to immigration policy to health care and education.”
- Anil Deolalikar, Dean of the School of Public Policy
“The UCR School of Public Policy is a great fit for anyone who wants to be able to
find solutions for the communities and issues that they care about. It encourages
solution-seeking at all times.”
- Naomi Soto, Student (Public Policy)
“When I was looking to apply to different public policy programs, one thing that stood
out about UCR was the world-class faculty it has. You have professors who have been
published in international and national journals. You have folks who are thought of
as leaders in their specific areas of interest.”
- Jesse Melgar, Student (Public Policy)
“You really do interact with a variety of individuals that all have, and share, the
common goal of pursuing higher education and finding their purpose in this world.”
- Bianca Freeman, Student (Public Policy)
Current Students & Notable Alumni
Daniel Castaneda is a public policy and history double major. He strives to affect change through local government and community development. Castaneda is the Community Service Chair for the Student Ambassador Leadership Team and is developing a volunteer program to help local teenagers gain professional, social and life skills.
Ranika L. Baghoomian '17 (Public Policy) is a Master of Health Administration Candidate at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. She is a first-generation student, and served as the Social Chair for the Student Ambassador Leadership Team at UCR. Baghoomian was also a member of the Gamma Beta Phi National Honor Society.
Anirudhha Dhruva '17 (Public Policy) is a Master of Public Policy Candidate at the UCR School of Public Policy. As an undergrad, he served as an International Peer Advisor, Vice President of the UCR Global Issues Forum and Vice President for Omicron Delta Epsilon. Dhruva plans to pursue a law degree in health/international law.
Samantha Fong is studying both the urban/environmental policy track and the health track. She plans to address the environmental and subsequent health issues of San Francisco as a public sector employee. Fong is a Student Ambassador, a Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society member and a National Residence Hall Honorary member.
National Median Salary
Discover how much you can earn with a bachelor degree from the School of Public Policy.
2017-2018 PayScale National College Salary Report
Based on national averages. Higher earning potential with advanced degrees.
|Public Policy Analyst||$55,551|
|Public Health Specialist||$49,389|