The International Public Policy and Management Program (IPPAM) offers a Master of International Public Policy and Management (MIPM) degree designed for international students and U.S. students working in international settings. This executive program targets mid-career professionals with experience in government, nonprofit organizations or businesses engaged in the design, planning and management of social programs and services.
The program enrolls a largely international cohort, drawing students from 10-13 countries in any given year. Students are immersed in a global environment by virtue of working cross-culturally and cross-sectorally with colleagues from multiple countries. IPPAM courses identify pressing public policy issues in the social sectors and cultivate analytical and managerial expertise to design creative policy solutions and lead programs.
IPPAM is a two-year, full-time program. Students wishing to complete the degree sooner may pursue a more accelerated program of study.
IPPAM is an interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral program with a comparative perspective on policy and social issues, focusing particularly on the countries from which students are drawn. IPPAM students represent a diversity of professions and have interests that span the range of public policy issues. The program structure is a hybrid cohort model in which students take their core courses together and then customize their educational and professional objectives by selecting among specialization areas offered by the Price School and in some cases in other schools at USC.
Core courses cover theories, methods and technical skills important to both policy and management sciences and are transferable across sectors — applied statistics and empirical data analysis, microeconomics, policy formulation and analysis, program evaluation, design and management of social programs, institution building and organizational change. Presentation skills and active participation are integral to all courses.
Elective courses allow students to develop expertise in a selected area to deepen understanding of the issues and institutions in a particular policy sector (e.g., health, education, environment, transportation, housing, trade, international development, social justice, global relations), a technical skill area (analytical methods, public finance, social media) or managerial capacity (strategic and operational planning, personal leadership development, communication and consensus building, social innovation).
“IPPAM has given me a great platform to enhance my skills in policy, management, and leadership. It has also helped fuel my passion for creating social change.”— Friezca Rara Juta (IPPAM ’16) Data Analyst, Center for Administration of International Cooperation, Ministry of Home Affairs, Republic of Indonesia
“In IPPAM I experienced the nexus of academic knowledge and real-world relevance. The program, housed in the vibrant community of the Price School, deepened my understanding of critical global issues. It equipped me with skills to craft smart policies and leadership to meet challenges.”— Tuncay Serdaroğlu (IPPAM ’20) Planning Specialist, Economic Modelling Department, General Directorate of Economic Modelling and Strategic Research, Ministry of Industry and Technology, Directorate of Presidential Strategy and Budget, Turkey