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Bachelor of Science in Public Policy

Turn Knowledge Into Action

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The Bachelor of Science in Public Policy at USC Price is a program as dynamic as you, preparing students to excel in the workforce as well as graduate school. At Price, our rigorous academic coursework combines practical experience. Your classes will cover public policy, economics, political science, quantitative methods, philanthropy, leadership, health policy, data analysis and more –  so that when you graduate, you will be ready to effectively engage communities and address large-scale local, regional, national and international policy problems.

Dive into a degree that empowers you to:

  • Learn the theories and practical applications of public policy
  • Gain real-world experience through client-based capstones
  • Explore how the legal field analyzes, implements and shapes laws and policies
  • Understand why policies work (or don’t work) when implemented in specific communities
  • Formulate, evaluate and implement different policy solutions
  • Earn a minor, a second bachelor’s degree, or a progressive master’s degree
“With its incredible alumni networks, access to master-class faculty and excellent foundational courses, Price has opened doors to unbelievable opportunities that I never could have imagined.”
Rick Keaton
BSPP ’19

Why Study at USC Price?

Our philosophy of teaching and learning balances academic rigor with practical experience, all in the heart of Los Angeles – one of largest, most vibrant cities in the country.

Expert Faculty: Your professors are actively engaged in public policy issues that transcend national boundaries and bring together public, private and nonprofit leaders.

Internship and Research Opportunities: You will have opportunities to work with faculty on national and international research projects.

Capstone Project: You’ll be able to work with a local, national or international client on a real-world policy issue and have opportunities to travel to cities like Detroit, New Orleans, and more.

Progressive Degrees: Price School honor students can earn a master’s degree while completing their undergraduate degree within five years.

Post-Graduation Resources: Graduates join the Trojan network of faculty, alumni and fellow students to help you advance in your career. You’ll also be able to access USC Price’s comprehensive job opportunities database and unique networking opportunities.

Prepare for Graduate Study or a Career

Public Policy graduates will be prepared to enter top law, public policy, education policy, health policy, and urban planning graduate programs, including those at the Price School.

The practical application components of the program also make graduates competitive for entry-level jobs with public, private, and nonprofit organizations.

Public Policy News

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Sol Price Center for Social Innovation

The Sol Price Center for Social Innovation was established with the recent gift to name the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. This new center aims to advance ideas, strategies, and practices that enhance the quality of life for people in urban communities. The center will provide opportunities for direct student engagement across all of the Price School’s primary disciplines.

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Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy

Established in 2000, the Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy promotes more effective philanthropy and strengthens the nonprofit sector to advance public problem solving. Its research focuses on trends and patterns in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector, philanthropic strategies for social impact, and challenges in philanthropic stewardship and leadership.

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Center for Inclusive Democracy

Center for Inclusive Democracy (CID), is a nonpartisan research center serving the U.S. Founded and directed by Dr. Mindy S. Romero, CID moved to the USC Price School, Sacramento in 2018. CID conducts a range of national and multi-state research initiatives exploring voting behavior, civic engagement, electoral and economic research, the intersection of social justice and democracy, and more.

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USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy

The USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy is committed to advancing post-partisanship, where leaders put people over political parties and work together to find the best ideas and solutions to benefit the people. The Institute seeks to influence public policy and public debate in finding solutions, and engages in the following policy areas: education, energy and the environment, health and wellness, and political reform.

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USC Bedrosian Center

The Bedrosian Center fosters effective governance by: building the professional capacity of public and nonprofit institutions; shaping public dialogue across public, private, and nonprofit sectors on governance and institutional reform; and promoting and supporting innovative governance scholarship.

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Safe Communities Institute

The Safe Communities Institute (SCI) at the USC Price School of Public Policy engages in research, interdisciplinary education, and collaboration to advance sustainable “whole-of-community” public safety and violence prevention strategies, policies, and programs.

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Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics

The Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics at USC aims to promote health and value in healthcare delivery through innovative research and policy in the US and internationally. The center brings together policy experts and health economists from the USC Price School and the School of Pharmacy. It uses a novel approach to advance economic, health services and to train a new generation of global health policy leaders.

Contact Us

Josephine Le
Program Administrator (BS in Public Policy, BS in Urban Planning and Development)
RGL 102C
213-740-2172
[email protected]