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 2015-2016
Total Enrollment 127
% Enrolled Full Time 95%
% Enrolled Minority ^ 34%
% International 26%
% Outside Southern California ^ 51%
Average Age 27
Average Class Size (Core Courses) 41
# of New Students * 51
Undergraduate GPA (interquartile range) * 3.13 – 3.67
GRE Verbal Score (interquartile range) * 150 – 161
GRE Quantitative Score (interquartile range) * 151 – 157
GRE Composite Score (interquartile range) * 303 – 318

^ Domestic Students
* Entering Students – Fall 2015