USC Price School of Public Policy

Executive Education

Executive Education

In addition to the six traditional master’s degree programs, the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy also offers three executive master’s degree programs, a professional doctorate, and a set of specialized non-degree executive programs at our main campus at University Park in Los Angeles and at the USC State Capital Center in Sacramento.

Master’s Degrees:

Executive Master of Health Administration

The Executive Master of Health Administration (EMHA) program provides a tremendous opportunity for seasoned clinical and management professionals to advance or to transition their careers in the dynamic field of healthcare. It is flexibly designed to accommodate the schedules of fully employed mid- to senior-level professionals, enabling them to work and earn their degrees at their own pace, as they continue to progress in their careers. Participants sharpen their business acumen by gaining exposure to and in-depth knowledge of the latest theories and best practices in contemporary health management.

Executive Master of Leadership

The Executive Master of Leadership (EML) degree is designed for professionals with five or more years of significant management or leadership experience. The EML program teaches effective leadership practices through a curriculum with three distinguishing features: leadership through core values, a multidisciplinary problem-solving approach, and an emphasis on transformational leadership that connects the public, private and nonprofit sectors.

Master of International Public Policy and Management (IPPAM)

The International Public Policy and Management (IPPAM) program offers a Master of Public Policy and Management (MPPM) designed for international students and U.S. students working in international settings. This executive program targets mid-career professionals with experience in government, nonprofit agencies or business firms engaged in the design, planning and management of social programs and services. Courses identify pressing public policy problems in the social sectors and provide the analytical and managerial expertise to foster critical thinking and problem-solving skills needed in designing creative policy solutions and managing programs.

Professional Doctoral Degree:

Doctor of Policy, Planning, and Development

The USC Price Doctor of Policy, Planning, and Development offers established professionals in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors a high level academic experience to enhance their leadership capabilities, to extend their knowledge of policy, administration, planning and development, and to empower them in designing frameworks and strategies for sophisticated problem solving.

Specialized Programs:

The Executive Education Forum for Policy at USC Price offers a broad base of specialized non-degree certificate programs for local and global leaders. The Forum is a suite of programs targeting public sector and other senior, mid-level, and emerging leaders, and is designed to deepen their understanding of substantive policy issues, augment their ability to leverage and increase existing public sector capacity, and foster leadership – all with the purpose of improving public and nonprofit administration and solving public problems. The Forum achieves this by bringing together world-renowned faculty of USC Price, experienced practitioners and a dynamic curriculum to teach and reach across boundaries.


  • Local Leaders Program: Designed for local elected officials, this program offers a focused curriculum in ethics, governance, leadership and public policy to promote and enhance commitment to public value and to reach across sectors. Our target audiences for this program are mayors, council members, supervisors and special district board members.
  • Global Leaders Program: This program offers customized educational and training programs for domestic and foreign policy-driven organizations and government agencies, with the goal of satisfying their specific needs. The Global Leaders Program seeks to train senior executives and administrators in an organization, as well as emerging leaders among their staff. Here our target audiences include for-profit, non-profit or government agencies, which have identified a specific training need to be filled.
  • Leadership Programs: The flagship examples of USC Price’s global leaders approach are its Leadership Programs. These programs are interactive seminars designed for skill building and development of leadership abilities. Lessons from these seminars can be readily taken from the classroom into the public and nonprofit sectors. The curricula provide real approaches to real problems, and the courses are expressly designed so participants can begin using lessons immediately in the workplace.

Ross Minority Program in Real Estate

The USC Ross Minority Program in Real Estate (RMPIRE) is an intensive, comprehensive continuing education program designed to provide real estate practitioners, non-profit and community leaders, public sector decision makers, and entrepreneurs with skills and expertise to influence the redevelopment process in traditionally underserved communities.

Executive Program in Counter Terrorism

The Executive Program in Counter-Terrorism at USC is a unique course designed to challenge international counter-terrorism leaders and enhance their analysis, coordination, and response capabilities to the evolving terrorism threat. It is structured specifically for public sector professionals and policymakers and employs an interdisciplinary academic and experiential learning environment.

Safe Communities Institute

The USC Safe Communities Institute (SCI) engages research, interdisciplinary education, and collaboration to advance sustainable “whole-of-community” public safety strategies, policies, and programs. SCI continues the more than 60-year tradition of executive education for law enforcement professionals that began with the Delinquency Control Institute (DCI) in 1946.