The PPE MA program invites applications from UCI students, especially those majoring in Philosophy, Political Science, Economics, or International Studies. The normal course of study involves the successful completion of undergraduate requirements (see our course requirements) before graduation, together with one year of graduate study at UCI.

Students are asked to apply one year prior to their expected date of graduation.  For most students this will be in their third year.  The application deadline is April 15. Students are notified about admissions decisions by mid-May.

Applications should be sent to and should include:

  • A brief cover letter
  • A statement of purpose (1-2 pages) explaining your background, your career goals, and what you hope to get out of an education in PPE
  • Official transcripts, including GPA
  • One letter of recommendation from a UCI faculty member, preferably in Philosophy, Political Science, Economics, or Global and International Studies 

For questions, please contact Cailin O'Connor, PPE Program Director, at:


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