USC Price School of Public Policy

Degree Time to Completion and Completion Rates

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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.

Academic Year # Entering % Graduated ≤ 2 Years % Graduated ≤ 3 Years % Graduated ≤ 5 Years Retention % (Graduated or Still Enrolled)
2009 117 68% 90% 94% 94%
2010 104 70% 93% 95% 95%
2011 122 71% 85% 88% 91%
2012 131 78% 92% 96% 97%
2013 143 73% 89% 97%
2014 153 74% 97%
2015 130 99%
2016 118 100%

Revised Dec. 2016