USC Price School of Public Policy

Master of Public Administration

A common feature uniting our diverse MPA student body is that they all want to make a difference in the world — they desire to add value to their community and society in one way or another. Our task in this program is to better enable them to pursue their passion.

Professor Peter Robertson Associate Professor Peter J. Robertson
Director, Master of Public Administration

Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program

MPA Program

Mission of the USC Price School MPA program:
The USC MPA program’s primary mission is to educate professionals to assume leadership positions for public service and to improve the state of the art in the governance and management of public and nonprofit organizations.

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program offers a professional education designed to prepare students for the challenges and opportunities of a career in public management or in related public and private firms. Established in 1929, the MPA program at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy is one of the oldest and most distinguished programs of its kind in the United States. USC Price is rated sixth overall among public affairs schools nationwide and ranks sixth for the public management/administration specialty, according to U.S. News & World Report. The MPA program is a two year full-time program and a three year part-time program.

Unique Features of the MPA Program

Some of the program’s specific strengths include:

  • A management, analytical, and policymaking focus that prepares students to pursue their individual interests and concentrate in one of many specialized fields
  • A full-time faculty of exceptional diversity and strength
  • An active part-time faculty of noted professionals
  • An 80-year history of leadership in professional and academic fields
  • Paid internship opportunities
  • An extensive alumni network
  • An advisory board comprising leaders in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors
  • MPA Labs – enriching workshops that develop professional skills and knowledge about a broad range of social issues
  • A facility in Sacramento – the USC State Capital Center – that gives students the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of complex state-local and state-federal relationships
  • The option to complete the entire MPA degree or take courses at the USC State Capital Center
  • Online MPA Program – The option to complete the entire MPA degree online. To learn more about the program go to Master of Public Administration