The International Public Policy and Management Program (IPPAM) is designed for international students and U.S. students who wish to work in international settings. Though the student body is largely drawn from Asian countries, the curriculum is relevant to students from Latin America, Africa and countries in other regions with evolving social systems. To better serve international students, courses are taught with a strong international emphasis that addresses policy issues of relevance in developing countries and incorporates databases from participant’s countries. IPPAM also offers many special features and services to assist international students in transitioning to a U.S. university and to facilitate their academic success.
IPPAM enrolls 40–45 students each year. The program is designed for:
- mid–career professionals and senior managers in government agencies
- non–profit organizations
- business firms engaged in the design, planning and management of social programs and services in their countries
IPPAM seeks a diverse mix of students from a wide range of professional backgrounds who have a:
- genuine interest in using public policy for community betterment
- strong desire to enhance their analytical and leadership skills
Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree. Although most IPPAM students have a degree in the social sciences, applicants who have studied in other disciplines are eligible for admission and encouraged to apply.
IPPAM students enjoy a rigorous immersion in the economic, political and social context in which policy decisions are made and implemented, and are excited about being part of the process. They benefit enormously from the advantages of being in Los Angeles, a vibrant city with innovative public agencies, a thriving community of diverse nonprofit organizations, and a competitive business sector. As one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse cities in the U.S., Los Angeles serves as a rich laboratory in which to research, analyze, propose and implement solutions to some of today’s most pressing public policy issues.