State-of-the-Art Skill Set

Through course work, research, and field experience, MPP students gain an understanding of the policy process and the institutions and individuals involved. USC MPP students gain sound management, analytical and methods skills including:

  • Policy issue diagnosis and policy design
  • modeling and operations research
  • multivariate statistical analysis
  • Analytic reasoning and argumentation
  • Cost benefit analysis
  • Decision and risk analysis
  • Policy implementation and evaluation

Graduates of USC Price’s MPP have the political skills to get things done at the highest levels of an organization. They also possess excellent presentation skills, an understanding of multiple analytical software packages. These skills prepare them for leadership positions in public, nonprofit and private organizations.