The USC Price Advantage: MPA

USC Price degree programs weave classroom and experiential learning. Faculty engage students through an immersive curriculum that develops professional and practical skills for policy-related careers. Internship and capstone courses challenge students to synthesize knowledge for solving real-world problems.

Theory + Practice

USC Price is truly an interdisciplinary school. But we also take this a step further by fostering holistic integration of research and scholarship to solve problems, locally and globally. Price students enjoy the flexibility to explore complex policy issues of the 21st century.

Beyond Interdisciplinary

L.A. is a unique, vibrant urban area filled with cultural and economic diversity. This dynamic city looks today like the society of tomorrow. Students who study here have abundant resources to better grasp the problems and solutions that affect quality of life. The more you explore, the more clear it becomes: policy today is leading from the west!

Dynamic L.A.

Many insitutions say they are "global." USC, however, gives this meaning. We don't simply offer international experiences — the university is designed to reflect and infuse global society. Critical policy issues transcend boundaries, so USC Price students are trained to address them with broad perspective.

Bringing Global Home

Research is a hallmark of USC Price. Faculty are frequently called upon to provide expertise at local, national and international levels. USC is among the top-10 nationwide in federally funded research — we set the cutting-edge by providing resources, techonology and agility for those who boldly approach challenging issues.

A Premier Research University

Leaving campus does not mean you leave USC. Over 16,000 Price alumni from all 50 states and over 40 countries form a vast, supportive network. Our alumni are deeply engaged. They serve as mentors and professional resources — united by a uniquely enduring bond to the Trojan family.

Trojan Alumni Network


USC Price provides a rigorous public administration education with breadth and depth that sets our MPA program apart.


specializeiconSpecialize and Thrive

Price MPA students are encouraged to specialize by completing at least 12 units of focused electives in a substantive subject area. Popular specialization tracks include: Local Government, Nonprofit Management, Health, Public Finance, International, and Arts Leadership. Alternatively, students may self-design a Specialization related to their personal interest.

leadershipiconCritical Leadership Training

Leadership development tracks through core courses and is put to test through the MPA capstone, in which students create a consultation project for a real client. MPA labs develop advanced skills in research, writing, and communication. Focused workshops target areas such as network development and political communications. Price MPA graduates have individual styles and personalities, but they share a core skill set to stimulate positive impact on colleagues and society.

Real Skills for Real Success

USC Price MPA graduates have the political skills to get things done at the highest levels of an organization. They gain a strong aptitude in:

Organizational analysis and design

Financial management and budgeting

Policy and program evaluation

Team-building and group dynamics

Negotiation and conflict resolution

Students translate these skill to best advance their careers and evolve with the profession.


USC Price is a model of the future…because of its focus on cross-sectoral solutions to the major issues of our day.

KeislerJohn Keisler, MPA ’05
Chief Financial Officer, Long Beach Police Department