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 Students

Students from a diverse range of backgrounds and interests are drawn to the USC Price Master of Public Administration program. Many enter immediately upon completing their undergraduate degree, while others will have achieved significant positions in public management prior to enrolling.

While 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 typical to a Price School MPA candidate:

  • demonstrated leadership in academic and community endeavors
  • strong analytical and writing skills
  • an active curiosity and an open mind
  • enthusiasm for collaboration
  • empathy, resilience, and the desire to create positive impact on society

MPA Student Characteristics

MPA Program Characteristics (On Campus) 2015-16
Total Enrollment 329
% Enrolled Full Time 79%
% Enrolled Minority ^ 36%
% International 32%
% Outside Southern California ^ 57%
Average Age 28
Average Class Size (Core Courses) 35
# of New Students * 126
Undergraduate GPA (interquartile range) * 3.19 – 3.69
GRE Verbal Score (interquartile range) * 152 – 159
GRE Quantitative Score (interquartile range) * 148 – 166
GRE Composite Score (interquartile range) * 302 – 321

 

Online MPA Program Characteristics 2015-16
Total Enrollment 171
% Enrolled Minority ^ 48%
Average Age 35
# of New Students * 55
Undergraduate GPA (interquartile range) * 3.02 – 3.42
GRE Verbal Score (interquartile range) * 152 – 160
GRE Quantitative Score (interquartile range) * 145 – 153
GRE Composite Score (interquartile range) * 298 – 310

^ Domestic Students
* Entering Students – Fall 2015