College and Schools / Meyer and Renee Luskin School of Public Affairs

School Requirements

There are eight requirements that must be satisfied for the award of the degree.

Unit Requirement

Students must satisfactorily complete for credit a minimum of 180 units for the bachelor’s degree. At least 60 of the 180 units must be upper-division courses numbered 100 through 199. A maximum of 216 units is permitted. Students with Advanced Placement Examination or International Baccalaureate Examination (transfer) credit may exceed the unit maximum by the amount of that credit.

After 216 quarter units, enrollment may not normally be continued in the school without special permission from the dean.

Scholarship Requirement

Students must earn at least a 2.0 (C) grade-point average (GPA) in all courses undertaken at UCLA to receive a bachelor’s degree.

Students must also earn a 2.0 GPA in the major and satisfy both the course and scholarship requirements for the major, including preparation for the major.

Academic Residence Requirement

Students are in residence while enrolled and attending classes at UCLA with a declared major in the Luskin School of Public Affairs. Of the last 45 units completed for the bachelor’s degree, 35 units including the final 12 units must be earned while in residence at the school. A minimum of 24 upper-division units must be completed in the major while in residence at the school.

For students who transfer from another institution, from UCLA Extension, or from another College or school with senior standing, of the 35 units earned while in residence, 28 must be upper-division units, including 16 upper-division units in the major department. Courses in UCLA Extension may not be offered as part of this residence requirement.

Students enrolled in the Education Abroad Program (EAP) must satisfy the residence requirement by earning 35 of their final 90 units, including the final 12 units, in residence at the school.

Writing Requirement

Quantitative Reasoning Requirement

Foreign Language Requirement

The foreign language requirement may be satisfied by one of the following methods: scoring 3, 4, or 5 on the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) foreign language examination in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, or Spanish, or scoring 4 or 5 in Latin; presenting a UCLA foreign language departmental examination score indicating competency through level three; or completing a college-level foreign language course equivalent to level three or above at UCLA with a C or Passed grade or better.

Transfer students with 90 or more units who have completed the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) will have satisfied the foreign language and reciprocity requirements.

Courses that may be used to fulfill this requirement are published on Registrar’s foreign language requirement.

Diversity Requirement

The diversity requirement may be satisfied by completing one course from the faculty-approved list of courses. Courses used to satisfy the diversity requirement are approved by the school Faculty Executive Committee. The course must be taken for a letter grade, and students must receive a C grade or better (a C− grade is not acceptable). Applicable courses may also fulfill major, minor, or elective requirements and, if approved for general education (GE) credit, may fulfill a GE requirement. A list of approved courses is available in the Schedule of Classes.

General Education Requirements