Mission of the USC Price School MPA program:
The USC MPA program’s primary mission is to educate professionals to assume leadership positions for public service and to improve the state of the art in the governance and management of public and nonprofit organizations.
The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program offers a professional education designed to prepare students for the challenges and opportunities of a career in public management or in related public and private firms. The MPA program at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy is one of the oldest and most distinguished programs of its kind in the United States. USC Price is rated third overall among public affairs schools nationwide and ranks fourth for the public management/administration specialty, according to U.S. News & World Report. The MPA program is a two year full-time program and a three year part-time program.
Some of the program’s specific strengths include:
We have 25 core faculty affiliated with the three programs in Los Angeles, Sacramento, and Online. Click here to view a list of Public Administration program faculty.
The MPA is offered in three modalities:
Public administration is about public service. It’s about running our cities, government agencies and nonprofits. Our goal is to prepare students to be leaders who will solve today’s critical social problems.Professor Shui Yan Tang
Chair, Department of Governance and Management
Today’s public administration, both at home and abroad, face governance, management, leadership and capacity challenges of immense scale and complexity. At USC Price MPA program, we work collaboratively and creatively on developing and honing the skills and competencies most critical to prepare the next generation of public servants.Professor Rym Kaki
Vice Chair, Department of Governance and Management
The University of Southern California’s Master of Public Administration is housed in the Sol Price School of Public Policy, a comprehensive graduate school that also offers an array of undergraduate, graduate, and executive degrees in public policy, planning, health administration, and real estate.