The International Public Policy and Management Program (IPPAM) is designed for both international 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 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 datasets from participants’ countries. IPPAM offers 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 organization leaders
- 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:
- genuine interest in using public policy to better their communities
- strong desire to enhance their analytical and leadership skills
Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent. Although most IPPAM students have a degree in the social sciences, those who have studied in other disciplines are eligible for admission and encouraged to apply.
IPPAM students enjoy rigorous immersion in the economic, political, and social contexts across which public policy decisions are made and implemented. They benefit enormously from the advantages of studying in Los Angeles — a vibrant city with innovative public agencies, a thriving community of 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 living laboratory for research, analysis, and implementation of solutions to some of today’s most pressing public policy issues.