*Curriculum information here is for those admitted prior to 2019. For those admitted in 2019, please click here.
Our students come to USC Price with so many inherent skills and talents. During their time here, they really develop into a community of leaders.
The Master of Public Administration degree requires students to complete 40-41 units comprised of three management competencies courses and four electives. In addition, students who enter the program with less than two years of full-time work experience must complete an internship.
Graduate students in Public Administration are required to take the following courses:
Students select one four-unit course from each of the following three areas:
The MPA program offers students the opportunity to specialize by completing elective units within a substantive subject area, including:
Most MPA students are classified as “pre-service” or “in-service” at the time of admission. Pre-service students are those who enter the program with less than two years full-time work experience. In-service students are those with at least two years full-time work experience. Students pursuing one of the dual-degree programs are not classified as either. Appeals for reclassification of a designation must be submitted during the first semester of enrollment.
Pre-Service Internship Requirement
Pre-service students are required to complete an internship and a one-unit Internship Seminar course (PPD 543). MPA students enroll in the Internship Seminar during their first semester. Internships are complete in conjunction with the course.
Pre-Service Students: 41 units
In-Service Students: 40 units