USC Price School of Public Policy

MPL Students

There are so many different experiences you can have in L.A., and that makes for the best experience.

RobbinsTricia Robbins, MPL ’09

MPL StudentsStudents from a wide range of worldwide locations, backgrounds and interests are drawn to the USC MPL program. Many enter the program directly following completion of their undergraduate degree, while others come with diverse experience in professional practice. Some come straight from an undergraduate setting while other students have substantial work experience in the planning field. Many see the MPL degree as a way to:

  • change careers
  • move into high-growth urban sectors
  • assume more significant management or executive roles in their organizations

With this diversity, all are similar in their leadership potential, analytical and writing competencies, and their commitment to make a difference in their organizations and the field in general.

MPL Student Characteristics

MPL Program Characteristics
Total Enrollment 150
% Enrolled Full Time 97%
% Minority 38%
% International 31%
% Outside Southern California 55%
Average Age 26
Average Class Size (Core) 32
Average Class Size (Elective) 18
# New Students (Fall) 57
GPA (second and third quartile range) 3.14-3.71
GRE (second and third quartile range) V 150-159, Q 152-164

* Academic Year 2013-14