Professional Development

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Students must participate in a series of professional development experiences each semester. The School of Public Policy (SPP) hosts a range of professional development events throughout the academic year. These co-curricular activities are intended to provide both career-oriented professional preparation in areas such as job search strategies, career development, and networking, as well as hands-on opportunities to interact with leading scholars and practitioners in the field of public policy.


The assistant dean for admission and program relations provides students with instructions on the Professional Development requirement at the start of each term, including the number of credits for various categories of events and procedures on how to receive credit (currently, full-time enrolled students must attend 8 credits of events by the end of the term). Throughout the term (minimum of at least once), the assistant dean for admission and program relations will update students of their progress for that term's Professional Development requirement. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure they are attending and submitting for credit the required number of events per semester.

Review the Professional Development Procedures.


Professional Development credits summary (subject to change)

Event Type Professional Development (PD) Credits Earned
On-campus, SPP-sponsored event (or otherwise pre-approved on-campus event) 2
Policy Practitioner Intensive event 3
Pre-approved off-campus event 4

*If students have questions about what credit category an event counts toward, they should email the assistant dean for admission and program relations PRIOR to attending the event.*

 

Approved Professional Development Events

All SPP and SPP Student Organization on- and off-campus events (except purely social gatherings) are approved for Professional Development points. Co-hosted on- and off-campus events between SPP and another Pepperdine University department are approved for Professional Development points. The SPP Office of Career Services  will notify students if any on- and off-campus events hosted solely by another Pepperdine University department are approved for Professional Development points. To receive pre-approval for an off-campus event (that doesn't meet the previously mentioned criteria) please email assistant dean Carson Bruno  with the following details: Who, What, Where, When, and Why. Reminder: any off-campus events (not meeting the previously mentioned criteria) that is not pre-approved will not count toward the Professional Development requirement.

Students should reference the SPP events page for more details.

Deadlines for Submission of Professional Development Credits

  • Incomplete Spring 2018 Term MPP 608: 11:55 PM PT on Friday, July 27, 2018
  • Fall 2018 Term MPP 608: 11:55 PM PT on Friday, November 30, 2018
  • Incomplete Fall 2018 Term MPP 608 (for students applying for 2019 graduation): 11:55 PM PT on Thursday, February 14, 2019
  • Incomplete Fall 2018 Term MPP 608 (for students not applying for 2019 graduation): 11:55 PM PT on Friday, April 12, 2019
  • Spring 2019 Term MPP 608: 11:55 PM on Friday, April 12, 2019

Non-Compliance Policy

The School of Public Policy commits to providing sufficient opportunities on-campus to satisfy the Professional Development requirement.  It is the responsibility of the student to ensure they are complying with this program requirement. 

Failure to complete eight (8) professional development credits (as communicated by the assistant dean for admission and program relations and via the Procedures) by at least two (2) weeks before the end of the term will result in a grade of incomplete for that term. A grade of incomplete must be completed by the end of the following term or it will become a grade of no credit ("NC") for the course.

Students must successfully complete four (4) terms of MPP 608 in order to complete the MPP program.

Failure to complete all four (4) terms will prevent a student from graduating.

Any questions regarding the Professional Development requirement should be directed to the assistant dean for admission and program relations. If the student has concerns about their ability to complete this requirement during a term, they should consult with the assistant dean for admission and program relations at the beginning of the term (or immediately following a life event that may preclude satisfaction with the requirement) to discuss appropriate arrangements.