Goldman School of Public Policy

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Coordinates: 37°52′31.9″N 122°15′28.34″W / 37.875528°N 122.2578722°W / 37.875528; -122.2578722

Goldman School of Public Policy
TypePublic Professional School

The Richard and Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy (GSPP) is a public policy school and one of 14 schools and colleges at the University of California, Berkeley. Originally named the Graduate School of Public Policy, it was founded in 1969 as one of the first public policy institutions in the United States. In 2016, the Goldman School was ranked as the #1 public policy graduate program in the country by U.S. News & World Report.[1]


The Graduate School was renamed after the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund donated $10 million in 1997. As of August 2016, the dean is Henry E. Brady.[2][3] The first dean was political scientist Aaron Wildavsky.

The building was originally designed by Ernest Coxhead in 1893 as the Beta Theta Pi fraternity house. It is located on the historic north side of the Berkeley campus. The building underwent seismic strengthening and received a Preservation Award from the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association (BAHA).

The main component of the school's graduate curriculum is the two-year Master of Public Policy (MPP) program. The curriculum includes core courses that provide a foundation in subjects ranging from political elements of the decision-making process and legal analysis to such specific analytic tools and concepts as microeconomic theory and statistical modeling. The curriculum also includes five electives, taken either at GSPP or elsewhere at Berkeley.

Students work at a summer policy internship between their first and second years and complete an analysis, in groups and individually, during the spring semester of each year. Locally- and nationally-known policy professionals, provide perspective and guidance to students.

GSPP not only offers the Master of Public Policy degree but also a Ph.D. for those interested in furthering research in public policy methods. Though it does not award bachelor's degrees, it offers a minor program for undergraduates. The Goldman School of Public Policy also offers a Master of Public Affairs (MPA), a degree program for mid-career professionals.

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  1. ^ "U.S. News and World Report 2016 Rankings". Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  2. ^ Goldman School of Public Policy - The Dean Archived 2009-03-04 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Faculty & Affiliated Academics - Faculty & Directories - Goldman School of Public Policy - University of California, Berkeley". Retrieved 21 October 2018.

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