Both Pepperdine and Hampden-Sydney strive to endow their students with moral fortitude, and this partnership empowers two great institutions to continue making a positive impact on an ever-changing world.
"What stands out about Pepperdine is the commitment to comprehensive public policy analysis and education," says Director of the Wilson Center Ryan Pemberton '00. "Of course they teach the latest statistical and research methods, but students also learn to incorporate ethics and moral reasoning, along with historical, economic, and political analysis when making policy judgments."
Students and alumni of various Wilson Center programs such as Wilson Leadership Fellows and Leadership in the Public Interest and National Security Studies minors will receive incentives for admission into the program.
Pepperdine's MPP curriculum was shaped by another significant man who bore the name Wilson: the late social scientist Dr. James Q. Wilson whose more than 50-year career contributed to the "understanding of urban politics, policing and crime, political organizations, bureaucracy, and character and culture," the Pepperdine School of Public Policy website explains. Honoring Wilson's legacy, the Pepperdine MPP aims to prepare public leaders with a moral sense by teaching students to "not only consider the quantitative aspects of policy decisions but also analyze politics from historical, philosophical, and faith perspectives," according to the program's website.