The USC Price Advantage: MPL

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, Capstone and Practicum courses challenge students to synthesize knowledge for solving real-world problems.

Theory + Practice

USC Price is indeed an interdisciplinary school. But we also take this a step further by fostering holistic integration of research and scholarship to solve problems at the problem level. Price students enjoy the flexibility to dive deep or swim far as they take on complex policy issues of the 21st century.

Beyond Interdisciplinary

L.A. swells with ethnic, 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



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MPL USC Price AdvantageUSC Price’s multidisciplinary nature provides a cohesive education with breadth and depth that sets the Master of Planning (MPL) program apart.

To prepare themselves for a wide range of careers, MPL students are encouraged to take courses offered within related master’s degree programs: public administration, public policy, real estate development, health administration, and nonprofit management.



In Their Own Words…

One of my most powerful experiences at USC Price was giving a presentation in Beijing as a graduate student to an audience of international development professionals. Few schools can offer that kind of opportunity.

VanderbeekMichael Vanderbeek, MPL ’05
Manager, Strategic Planning and Performance Management, Port of Long Beach