Although GSPP does not require work experience for admission, applying to the program with at least three to four years of relevant full-time, post-undergraduate work experience is strongly encouraged. GSPP believes work experience adds tremendous value to class discussions and helps students to develop a context for problem-solving, policy analysis, and professional development and networking.
Students at GSPP represent a wide range of academic backgrounds. Most students have degrees in social sciences, with a smaller number having undergraduate majors in humanities, biological or physical sciences, mathematics or engineering. Some students already have advanced degrees. GSPP does not require prior quantitative training; however course work in college-level introductory statistics, calculus, and micro-economics, is strongly recommended. Applicants who have not taken at least one of these courses are encouraged to enroll in one (or more) at a local community college or on-line to strengthen their application and prepare for the MPP program's quantitative rigor.