Length of Degree and Completion Rates
Most students pursue the MPA program as full-time students and complete the program in two-three years. Students may also enroll in the MPA program as “part-time” and may complete the program in three-five years. The time limit for completing a master’s degree at USC is five years. The average time to complete the MPA program for all students is 1.89 years*.
Students who entered the MPA program between 2009 and 2013 have an extremely high completion rate of 88%*. Of the students who have enrolled in the program between 2009 and 2013, 72% completed the program within two years, 86% within three years, and 88% within five years. The program’s overall retention rate is 96%*.
*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.
Revised Oct. 2015