USC Price School of Public Policy

MPA Students

I came to Price because there were so many opportunities — the classes, the internships
and externships, meeting people. I didn’t just want to be in school, I wanted to develop myself professionally.

Ashley HernandezAshley Hernandez, MPA ’12

MPA StudentsStudents from a wide range of backgrounds and interests are drawn to the USC Master of Public Administration program. Many enter immediately upon completing their undergraduate work, while others have achieved significant positions in public management prior to applying.

Although most MPA students hold bachelor’s degrees in the social sciences, students with an undergraduate degree in any academic field are eligible for admission and encouraged to apply. Faculty, employers and program advisors often remark on the characteristics of the typical USC MPA candidate:

  • strong leadership abilities
  • good analytical and writing skills
  • an active curiosity and probing mind
  • an ability to aggregate numerous data points and complex interrelationships into concrete plans for significant action

MPA Student Characteristics

MPA Program Characteristics (On-Campus) 2014-2015
Total Enrollment 313
% Enrolled Full Time 86%
% Enrolled Minority ^ 53%
% International 35%
% Outside Southern California ^ 40%
Average Age 27
Average Class Size (Core) 33
# of New Students * 136
GPA (Interquartile Range) * 3.19 – 3.69
GRE (Interquartile Range) * V = 150-157, Q = 153-167

^ Domestic Students
* Entering Students – Fall 2014

MPA Program Characteristics (On-Line) 2014-2015
Total Enrollment 166
% Enrolled Minority ^ 49%
Average Age 35
# New Students * 45
GPA (second and third quartile range) * 3.01 – 3.48
GRE (second and third quartile range) * V = 148-157, Q = 142-151

^ Domestic Students
* Entering Students – Fall 2014