USC Price School of Public Policy

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.

Students who enter the MPA program have a high completion rate. Of the students who have enrolled in the program between 2005 and 2011, 68% completed the program within two years, 84% within three years, and 89% within five years. The program’s retention rate is over 94%.

MPA # Entering % Graduate within 2 years % Graduate within 3 years % Graduate within 5 years % Retention (Graduated or Still Enrolled)
2005-06 88 67% 83% 91% 91%
2006-07 81 62% 88% 95% 96%
2007-08 79 70% 89% 95% 95%
2008-09 90 66% 82% 93% 93%
2009-10 117 68% 90% 95%
2010-11 104 70% 93% 95%
2011-12 121 69% 94%
2012-13 126 99%