USC Price School of Public Policy

MPP Students

There are lots of smart people in the world, and there are lots of smart students out there, but I think our students are extremely creative in the way they employ their intelligence.

MussoDr. Juliet Musso
Houston Flournoy Professor of State Government


Talented students from a wide range of backgrounds and interests are drawn to the Price MPP program. Many enroll directly after completing an undergraduate degree, while others have accumulated significant experience in professional practice. While most majored in the social sciences, students with an undergraduate degree in any field are eligible for admission and encouraged to apply.

MPP students are excited to expand their knowledge of policy-making and implementation within economic, political, and cultural contexts. They benefit from living and learning in the heart of Los Angeles. The city’s diversity, geography, and innovative spirit provide MPP students a rich laboratory in which to research, analyze, and propose solutions to contemporary public policy issues.

MPP Student Characteristics

MPP Program Characteristics 2015-2016
Total Enrollment 117
% Enrolled Full Time 97%
% Enrolled Minority ^ 43%
% International 20%
% Outside Southern California ^ 53%
Average Age 26
Average Class Size (Core Courses) 37
# of New Students * 60
Undergraduate GPA (median) * 3.38
GRE Verbal Score (median) * 158
GRE Quantitative Score (median) * 154
GRE Composite Score (median) * 313

^ Domestic Students
* Entering Students – Fall 2015