Price MPA students are encouraged to specialize by completing at least 12 units of focused electives in a substantive subject area. Popular specialization tracks include: Local Government, Nonprofit Management, Health, Public Finance, International, and Arts Leadership. Alternatively, students may self-design a Specialization related to their personal interest.
Leadership development tracks through core courses and is put to test through the MPA capstone, in which students create a consultation project for a real client. MPA labs develop advanced skills in research, writing, and communication. Focused workshops target areas such as network development and political communications. Price MPA graduates have individual styles and personalities, but they share a core skill set to stimulate positive impact on colleagues and society.
USC Price MPA graduates have the political skills to get things done at the highest levels of an organization. They gain a strong aptitude in:
Organizational analysis and design
Financial management and budgeting
Policy and program evaluation
Team-building and group dynamics
Negotiation and conflict resolution
Students translate these skill to best advance their careers and evolve with the profession.
USC Price is a model of the future…because of its focus on cross-sectoral solutions to the major issues of our day.
John Keisler, MPA ’05
Chief Financial Officer, Long Beach Police Department