USC Price School of Public Policy

Degree Completion and Retention Rates

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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 1.91 years*.

Students who have entered the MHA program from academic year (AY) 2011 through AY 2015 have an extremely high completion rate of 92%*. Completion rates have dramatically improved since the latest revision to the curriculum, in 2010. As noted below, between 82% and 89% of the students entering in AY 2013 or AY 2014 completed within two years, and 94% of the 2014 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% 93% 95%
2012 67 76% 85% 93% 94% 97%
2013 68 82% 87% 91% 97%
2014 65 89% 94% 95%
2015 62 84% 98%
2016 65

Revised Aug. 2017