Degree Time to Completion and Completion Rates


Most students pursue the MPA program as full-time students and complete the program in two-three years. Students may also enroll in the MPA program as “part-time” and may complete the program in three-five years. The time limit for completing a master’s degree at USC is five years. The average time to complete the MPA program for all students is 1.94 years*.

Students who entered the MPA program between 2009 and 2014 have an extremely high completion rate of 93%*. Of the students who have enrolled in the program between 2009 and 2014, 73% completed the program within two years, 90% within three years, and 93% within five years. The program’s overall retention rate is 96%*.

*Based on students entering in AY 2009 through AY 2014. An Academic Year is defined as the fall term of the given year through the following summer term.


MPA Completion and Retention Table