Due to the impact of COVID-19, the USC Price School of Public Policy MPA Program will waive the GRE test requirement for the remainder of the Fall 2020 graduate admission cycle.
An applicant’s potential for distinguished academic and professional achievement is the principal criterion for admission to the Master of Public Administration program. In assessing applications, the admission committee evaluates:
Most successful applicants will have attained at least a 3.0 undergraduate GPA and an above average score on the GRE or GMAT. Individuals with 5+ years of professional experience and an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above may request to waive the GRE/ GMAT requirement, with the exception of those applying for scholarships. To be considered for this waiver or to determine whether specific professional experience meets the “5+ years” threshold, applicants should contact the Office of Recruitment and Admission before applying to the MPA.
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. First-year students may be admitted to the fall semester. And, those applying to the fall semester are encouraged to submit applications prior to December 15 in order to be considered for the best scholarships. Since the admission review process does not include an interview, submitted materials should clearly present an applicant’s qualifications. For admissions to the Online MPA, visit this link.
Required to complete the application process:
(NOTE: For your convenience, please save and use the Application Checklist)
Note that we accept only e-transcripts provided that they are submitted via the following methods:
If your school does not provide e-transcripts via one of these methods, you must submit a hard copy of your transcripts. **
To verify application requirements by country, please visit: http://gradadm.usc.edu/faqs/international-students-faqs/preparing-to-apply/
December 15 (scholarship deadline)
May 1 (international applicant final deadline)
July 1 (domestic applicant final deadline)
Candidates apply online through the USC graduate admissions online system. The online system allows you to submit the entire MPA application electronically with the exception of official transcripts and a copy of test scores, which should be sent directly to USC Price at the following mailing address:
USC Price Recruitment and Admissions
650 Childs Way, RGL 111
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0626
Tel: (213) 740-0550
Fax: (213) 740-7573
E-mail: [email protected]