Master’s Programs

The USC Sol Price School of Public Policy trains students to become leaders who apply multidisciplinary approaches in solving complex issues related to governing, managing and building contemporary urban communities.

USC Price’s highly-ranked professional master’s degree programs combine theory with practice and emphasize experiential and professional learning. Graduate students have considerable latitude to design their own programs that focus on specialized areas of interest and further professional development.


Master of Public Administration

The USC Price Master of Public Administration (MPA) program is one of the oldest and most distinguished academic programs of its kind. Earning this degree opens doors to a wide array of leadership positions in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Currently, USC Price is ranked No. 2 overall among public affairs schools nationwide, and the Price MPA ranks fourth among public management/administration programs according to U.S. News & World Report. USC Price also offers an Online Master of Public Administration.

Master of Public Policy

Our Master of Public Policy (MPP) program is renowned for bringing together leaders from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to design solutions for today’s most pressing social problems. It offers a comprehensive degree that integrates public policy leadership, analysis, evaluation, and management. Core courses and specialized electives provide students with in-depth knowledge of critical policy issues.

Master of Science in Public Policy Data Science

Informatics and big data are increasingly essential to policy development throughout the public and private sectors. Knowledge of both can lead to ever-expanding career opportunities. The Master of Science in Public Policy Data Science – offered jointly by the USC Price School of Public Policy and USC Viterbi School of Engineering – can bolster your decision-making role in government agencies and the corporate realm.

Master of Nonprofit Leadership and Management

The Master of Nonprofit Leadership and Management (MNLM) program centers on the increasing importance of philanthropy and the nonprofit sector in governance and public problem solving – from service delivery to advocacy; community building to social change. Designed for those with several years work experience in the nonprofit sector, as well as those intending to pursue careers in this area, the MNLM offers an immersive curriculum for students committed to advancing the global public good.

Master of Urban Planning

The Master of Urban Planning (MUP) program provides students the core of knowledge that underlies forms and applications of urban planning for the new global city.  Students learn in the heart of SoCal’s ever-evolving metropolis, which is an invaluable complement to the MUP curriculum.

Dollinger Master of Real Estate Development

USC Price’s Master of Real Estate Development (MRED) program is carefully designed to bridge the three primary elements of real estate development: design, finance, and policy. Students work across the full range of development functions – market analysis, finance and deal structures, site planning, project management, and operations – and to all development types, including residential, commercial, retail, office and industrial.

Master of Health Administration

Boasting strong ties to the fast-growing health care community, the Master of Health Administration (MHA) program offers access to the faculty and professionals who are reshaping health care policy and practice for the 21st century. The program’s Health Advisory Board includes senior-level executives of health care organizations, who provide insight on the tremendous opportunities that exist throughout the industry.

Executive Master of Health Administration (EMHA)

Seasoned clinical and management professionals pursue the EMHA to advance or transition their careers in the dynamic health care field. Participants refine their business skills and expand their knowledge of the most current theories and best practices in health management. The flexible program is designed to accommodate schedules of fully employed mid- to senior-level professionals, enabling them to work and earn the degree at their own pace.

Executive Master of Leadership (EML)

The Executive Master of Leadership degree is intended for professionals with five or more years of management or leadership experience. The curriculum centers around three distinctive priorities: Leadership through core values; multidisciplinary approaches to problem-solving; and fostering connections across 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. USC Price also offers an Online Executive Master of Urban Planning.

Master of International Public Policy and Management (IPPAM)

The International Public Policy and Management Program (IPPAM) is a master’s degree program for mid-career professionals in government/social sectors, who wish to improve public policy in their countries and communities. The program builds conceptual and analytical skills important to the design of public policy, while fostering leadership and managerial skills needed to effectively run organizations that carry out social programs.

Dual and Joint Degree Programs

So often we find the most effective solutions to challenging problems are found at the intersection of fields and through conversations involving varied perspectives.  While all our programs are inherently multidisciplinary, USC Price offers dual and joint degree programs in cooperation with a number of USC schools and departments.  Learn more by clicking the link above.