USC Price School of Public Policy

Master of Public Administration with Seoul National University

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A unique multinational graduate program, students gain perspective in public administration challenges that transcend national boundaries.  While studying in two of the world’s most vibrant cities, students develop skills and expertise that will afford them advantages in a profession that is becoming increasingly global. The MPA program is designed and offered in partnership with Seoul National University (SNU). Students spend a year at USC Price and a year at SNU, completing courses taught by outstanding faculty at both insitutions.

Admission:

Students who wish to pursue the dual MPA degree will have to apply to both SNU GSPA and USC Price separately, and they must fulfill both institutions’ admission criteria independently.

Sample Program

Price students

YEAR ONE – USC (24 units) UNITS
PPD 500 Intersectoral Leadership 2
PPD 501ab Economics for Policy, Planning and Development, or 2-2
PPD 540 Public Administration and Society 4
PPD 541 Public Financial Management 4
PPD 542 Policy and Program Evaluation 4
PPD 545 Human Behavior in Public Organizations 4
Electives 6
YEAR TWO – SNU (19 units) UNITS
*M2856.000100 Theories of Global Public Administration, or 3
M2856.000600 Economics and Public Administration
Electives 12
**PPD 546 Capstone in Public Administration 4

* Price students would take either PPD 540 or PPD 501ab in their first year, and then would take the equivalent SNU GSPA course for the other one in their second year.

** The capstone course is taken in the last semester at Price.

SNU students

YEAR ONE – SNU (18 units) UNITS
M2856.000100 Theories of Global Public Administration 3
M2856.000300 Social Research Methods of Public Administration 3
Electives 6
Independent study (Thesis preparation) 6
YEAR TWO – USC (24 units) UNITS
PPD 500 Intersectoral Leadership 2
PPD 501ab Economics for Policy, Planning, and Development 2-2
PPD 541 Public Financial Management 4
PPD 545 Human Behavior in Public Organizations 4
Electives 10

Variations from the above:

Price students could take both the PPD 540 and PPD 501ab courses in either their first year or their second year, instead of one of the two in each year.

GSPA students could take Economics and Public Administration in their first year rather than in their second year at Price, and they could take PPD 540 in their second year at Price rather than in their first year.

Price students could take Social Research Methods of Public Administration at GSPA in their second year instead of Policy and Program Evaluation (PPD 542) in their first year, and GSPA students could take Policy and Program Evaluation (PPD 542) at Price in their second year instead of Social Research Methods of Public Administration in their first year.