USC Price School of Public Policy

MPP Students

14283713764_5aeb65d028_zTalented 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.

In their own words …

fitzgeraldThe Price MPP program prepared me well to make the switch from the public sector into philanthropy. Opportunities presented through the Price School were invaluable to my understanding of the philanthropic space. Price is the reason I’m now thriving as the program associate at the Sobrato Family Foundation, an organization that promotes access to high-quality education, career pathways and human services for all residents of Silicon Valley.” —Kailyn FitzGerald (MPP ’15)

MPP Student Characteristics

MPP Program Characteristics 2016-2017
Total Enrollment 118
% Enrolled Full Time 98%
% Enrolled Minority ^ 47%
% International 20%
% Outside Southern California ^ 47%
Average Age 25
Average Class Size (Core Courses) 36
# of New Students 62
Undergraduate GPA (median) 3.47
GRE Verbal Score (median) 157
GRE Quantitative Score (median) 155

^ Domestic Students