USC Price School of Public Policy

Master of Public Policy


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The Master of Public Policy (MPP) Program

MPP ProgramSociety is changing at an unprecedented pace. Advances in data and connectivity spark important conversations. Political systems evolve and new forms of democracy steward transformations in culture, identity, and values.  In this complex world it is vitally important to call on talented professionals who contextualize, analyze, and shape policy that best serves the public good.

The USC Price Master of Public Policy program holds a longstanding reputation of excellence and impact within the field. Students develop “knowledge in action” through an interdisciplinary curriculum that develops analytical and theoretical competencies combined with immersive experiential learning. In addition to classroom work, students engage with clients directly through a capstone Policy Analysis Practicum and graduate from the program prepared to make important contributions in professional practice.

Many USC Price MPP alumni work in government at the municipal, state, or national level. They also serve organizations in the private and nonprofit sectors that have a vested interest in government projects and policies.  Applying both qualitative and quantitative research, their work covers a wide range of fields, including social and urban services, environmental sustainability, economic development, international affairs and trade, health, education, transportation, and homeland security. Further, they weigh the impact of current policy to understand their influence and relevance to new policies.

What makes the USC Price MPP program unique?

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The USC Price Master of Public Policy program offers a comprehensive degree that integrates public policy leadership, analysis, evaluation, and management. Core courses and specialized electives provide students in-depth knowledge of the policy issues they care about most. Through coursework, interaction with faculty, and practical experience.

Distinctive features:

  • World-class faculty who engage students in meaningful research
  • Small class sizes
  • Based in the heart of Los Angeles, one of the most influential and diverse cities in the world
  • Ability to specialize in area of personal interest
  • Integrated analysis and leadership development
  • Instruction in and access to leading technological resources for data analysis
  • Global Trojan alumni network and lifelong career support
  • Exciting Practicum project can advance policy and grow professional network

  From the MPP Director:

Combining strong analytical and quantitative methods with real-world client-driven projects, USC Price’s innovative and interdisciplinary MPP program provides a cutting-edge education that trains future leaders in the field. As we face many critical policy challenges at home and abroad, from climate change to immigration, there is a great need for public policy experts and a multitude of rewarding employment options. The Price School prepares students to find sustainable solutions at the local, national, and global levels.

BentoProfessor Antonio Bento
Director, Graduate Programs in Public Policy