USC Price School of Public Policy

Strong Link Between Theory and Practice

The MPP program offers both academic and real-world experiences, drawing on a network of engaged alumni, advisors and prominent professionals. There are approximately 300 prominent practitioners who serve as advisory board members, mentors, internship providers, externship providers, guest speakers to classes and to student groups who assist students in their career and professional development.

The Policy Analysis Practicum provides students with hands-on experience in doing policy analysis. Students work in teams with a client on a specific public policy issue, assess policy alternatives, write an official report, and communicate their findings and recommendations to the client.