USC Price School of Public Policy

Degree Completion and Retention Rates

Most students pursue the MHA degree as full-time students and complete the program in two to three years. Students may also enroll in the MHA program as “part-time” and may complete the program in three to five years. The time limit for completing a master’s degree at USC is five years. For students who have graduated from the MHA program the average completion time is 1.97 years*.

Students who have entered the MHA program from academic year (AY) 2009 through AY 2013 have an extremely high completion rate of 89%*. Completion rates have dramatically improved since the latest revision to the curriculum, in 2010. As noted below, between 74% and 80% of the students entering in AY 2010 or AY 2011 completed within two years, and 94% of the 2010 enrollees completed within three years. The program’s overall retention rate is 97%*, and has improved for enrollees since implementation of the new curriculum.

*Based on students entering in AY 2009 through AY 2013. An Academic Year is defined as the fall term of the given year through the following summer term.

Academic Year
# Entering
% Graduated ≤ 2 Years
% Graduated ≤ 3 Years
% Graduated ≤ 4 Years
% Graduated ≤ 5 Years
Retention % (Graduated or Still Enrolled)
2009
48
58%
83%
90%
92%
92%
2010
34
74%
94%
100%
100%
100%
2011
44
80%
84%
93%
95%
2012
67
76%
85%
99%
2013
68
82%
100%
2014
65
100%

Revised Oct. 2015