Executive Education


In addition to six signature master’s degree programs, the USC Price School of Public Policy offers three executive master’s degree programs, a professional doctorate, and a set of specialized non-degree executive programs — all designed for experienced professionals to advance knowledge and influence in their field. Programs take place on both the USC main campus at University Park in Los Angeles and at the USC State Capital Center in Sacramento.

Executive Education

Master’s Degrees:

Executive Master of Health Administration

The Executive Master of Health Administration (EMHA) program provides leading-edge training to seasoned clinical and management professionals working in healthcare services across every sector. Some enroll to advance or to transition their careers, while others are focused primarily in gaining the most contemporary skills and knowledge in health services management. The EMHA is flexibly designed to accommodate schedules of fully employed mid- to senior-level professionals, enabling them to earn this degree at their own pace.

Executive Master of Leadership

The Executive Master of Leadership (EML) degree is offered to professionals with five or more years of significant management or leadership experience. The EML program teaches innovative leadership theories and practices through a curriculum built around three distinct themes: leadership through core values, multidisciplinary problem-solving, and transformational leadership connecting the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

Executive Master of Urban Planning

The Executive Master of Urban Planning degree trains leaders to understand both the public and private sector and how they interact, recognizing that planning and development must seamlessly knit together to make our cities work for the common good. The program directly bridges the gap between urban planning goals and the objectives and constraints of effective real estate development while giving students the flexible schedule of an online program.

Master of International Public Policy and Management (IPPAM)

The International Public Policy and Management program offers the Master of Public Policy and Management (MPPM) degree for mid-career professionals with experience in government or organizations that plan and manage social programs operating internationally. Both international and U.S. students enroll in this executive program, in which they examine pressing public policy issues, refine analytical and managerial expertise, and foster creative approaches to community/organizational engagement in a global context.

Specialized Programs:


The Executive Education Forum for Policy at USC Price offers specialized, non-degree certificate programs to senior, mid-level, and emerging leaders — typically working in the public sector. Courses within each program are designed to deepen understanding of substantive policy issues, augment abilities to leverage existing capacity, and foster new leadership skills for an increasingly interconnected society.  The Forum brings together world-renowned faculty at USC Price, dynamic practitioners, and an ever-evolving curriculum to help students make the most impact while reach across boundaries.


  • Local Leaders Program: Designed for local elected officials, this program offers a focused curriculum in ethics, governance, leadership and public policy to promote and enhance commitment to public value. Our target learners for this program are mayors, council members, supervisors and special district board members.
  • Global Leaders Program: A customized educational/training program for domestic and foreign policy-driven organizations and government agencies, the Global Leaders Program is built around your organization’s specific needs.  Targeting senior executives and administrators, as well as emerging leaders among the staff, Price faculty design programs tailored to for-profit, non-profit or government agencies that have identified a specific training need.
  • Leadership Programs: The flagship examples of USC Price’s global leaders approach are its Leadership Programs. These interactive seminars are designed for building and refining leadership abilities. Lessons from these seminars can be readily taken from the classroom into the public and nonprofit sectors. The curricula provide real approaches to real problems, and the courses are expressly designed so participants can begin using lessons immediately in the workplace.

24334884023_570c3a0835_nRoss Minority Program in Real Estate

The USC Ross Minority Program in Real Estate (RMPIRE) is an intensive continuing education program designed to provide real estate practitioners, non-profit and community leaders, public sector decision makers, and entrepreneurs with distinctive skills and expertise to influence the redevelopment process in traditionally underserved communities.

Safe Communities Institute

The USC Safe Communities Institute (SCI) advances research, interdisciplinary scholarship, and collaboration to create sustainable “whole-of-community” public safety strategies, policies, and programs. SCI continues a 60+ year tradition of executive education for law enforcement professionals that began with the Delinquency Control Institute in 1946.

createexecprogExecutive Program in Counter Terrorism

The Executive Program in Counter-Terrorism at USC is a unique course designed to challenge international counter-terrorism leaders by enhancing their analysis, coordination, and response capabilities to evolving threats of terrorism. The program is structured specifically for public sector professionals and policymakers and employs an interdisciplinary academic and experiential learning environment.

DECIDE Certificate in Strategic Decision Making

The DECIDE Certificate in Strategic Decision Making develops advanced skills in how to make quality decisions in the face of uncertainty; how to structure complex decisions with multiple and possibly conflicting objectives; how to identify strategic goals and conceive ways to achieve them; and how to gain insight into ethical decision making on an individual, organizational and system level.