USC Price MPL students prove to be tremendously successful as evidenced by their job placement rates and pass rates for the AICP exam (the first step in becoming a certified planner).
Graduation Rates & Statistics
As our program has continued to develop, the number of graduates has increased considerably:
One measure of success dictated by the Planning Accreditation Board is the graduation rate of students within four years of matriculating into the program:
The retention rate is the percentage of first-year students who return the next academic year.
All graduates of the Price MPL program are surveyed for their job placement information. Job placement information is based on the total number of respondents of the Annual Job Placement Survey. Our survey results indicate that graduates are working in the planning field, planning-related jobs; nonprofit work in mental health services and housing; and private sector jobs in business management, real estate, strategic consulting and public policy. The spectrum of positions is a reflection of the versatility gained with a planning degree and the interdisciplinary nature of the Price School.
American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Exam:
To become a certified planner, members of the American Planning Association (APA) must meet certain education and experience requirements, and they must pass the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Exam. The pass rate is the percentage of test takers who pass the examination within 5 years of graduating from a master’s program and/or within 7 years of graduating from a bachelor’s program.
AICP Exam pass rate data are collected by the APA. For a complete list of pass rates for all PAB-accredited institutions see: https://www.planning.org/certification/passrates/
Comprehensive Exam Pass Rates:
Pass rates for the USC MPL Comprehensive Exam, a requirement to graduate from the program, have been high over recent years. Students are well-prepared to produce a professional level analysis under time constraints dictated by the five-day exam format.
The mission of the Master of Planning (MPL) program is to educate students to become leaders in the planning issues and the comprehensive urban development processes of the 21st Century. In June 2013, we surveyed alumni (graduating years 2008-2013, 28% response rate) and asked respondents to rate how well the MPL Program developed their leadership potential. Of the surveyed alumni, 89.3% said that the USC Price MPL degree prepared them for leadership roles in the profession.
|Mandatory Student Fees||$849||$794||$1,643|
|Total Estimated MPL Tuition and Fees||$45,561||$47,306||$92,867|
Tuition and fees noted above are estimates and assume a student will complete the program in two years.
Fees are based on 2018-2019 fees and an estimated 4% increase in tuition in 2019-2020.
Fees do not include health insurance, books, or living expenses.
For additional information about tuition and fees please consult the USC Schedule of Classes.
USC Price offers a competitive scholarship program to qualified master’s applicants. Information on the scholarship programs and financial aid can be found at the links below: