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School of Public Policy

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 isues 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.

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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

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The School of Public Policy helps students successfully transition
into a major field of study that is consistent with their aptitudes, values and goals.

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School of Public Policy

Explore the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (CHASS), home to the School of Public Policy.

 

Fun Facts

UCR only UC to offer an undergraduate degree in public policy.

UCR is the only UC to offer an undergraduate degree in public policy.

UCR is the 3rd school</strong> in the UC system to have a public policy school.

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.

Undergraduate Public Policy majors can specialize in 2 of 6 tracks.

$284,680 was awarded to study the health impacts of local drought.

$284,680 was awarded to study the health impacts of local drought.

In the Spotlight

 

“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)

“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

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

Award-Winning Faculty

 

Karthick Ramakrishnan
Karthick Ramakrishnan
Professor of Public Policy and Political Science

Associate Dean of the School of Public Policy, Ramakrishnan focuses on the ways in which immigrants are involved in American democracy.

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Cassandra Marie Guarino
Cassandra Marie Guarino
Professor of Education and Public Policy

Guarino works on teacher quality, value-added, labor markets, school choice, health and education.

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Bruce Link
Bruce Link
Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and Sociology

Link makes strides psychiatric and social epidemiology.

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Kurt Schwabe
Kurt Schwabe
Professor of Environmental Economics and Policy

Schwabe works to establish water conservation policies and efforts.

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Ken Baerenklau
Ken Baerenklau
Associate Professor of Environmental Economics and Policy, Associate Provost

Baerenklau specializes in water policy issues and advises water agency managers.

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Juliann Allison
Juliann Allison
Associate Professor of Public Policy and Gender & Sexuality Studies

Allison works on political economy, environmental politics and policy, and community-based social change.

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National Median Salary

Discover how much you can earn with a bachelor degree from the School of Public Policy. PayScale.com

 

Salary Potential
Public Policy Analyst $70,100
Lobbyist $66,429
Public Health Specialist $60,500
Budget Analyst $57,253
Paralegal $55,800
Project Analyst $54,055
Campaign Manager $53,038
Nonprofit Manager $46,713
Grant Writer $43,718
Marketing & Communications Specialist $41,212
Legislative Assistant $39,708
Academic Advisor $39,626

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