The University of Southern California offers admission to applicants who appear to have the highest potential for success in graduate study. Applicants should have academic backgrounds of excellence and hold an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning.
Potential for distinguished academic and professional achievement is the principal criterion for admission to the Master of Public Administration program. The full list of admissions requirements is designed to provide the admissions committee with a clear understanding of your professional experience, academic preparation and the suitability of your goals to the degree program.
In assessing an application, the admission committee evaluates:
- Past performance as evidenced by grades, work experience and community service
- Future promise as indicated by performance on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), and letters of recommendation
- Commitment to educational and career goals, as demonstrated particularly in the writing sample
Please see our full list of application requirements.