USC’s MPA at a Glance
Today’s public leaders seek an education that connects extensive research to real-world solutions. It takes expertise to navigate the interconnected socioeconomic and political environment. That’s why the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California offers the online Master of Public Administration program.
Learn with online coursework and gain access to distinguished USC scholars and professionals
Choose from three concentrations, including Local Government Management, Nonprofit Management and Public Policy
Join a university ranked top 25 nationally and a school ranked 2nd among 282 Public Affairs schools and 3rd among public affairs schools for Health Policy and Management by U.S. News & World Report (2019)
Study with the added support of an enrollment advisor and cohort coach
Develop connections and experience hands-on learning through our capstone course
Ranked #21 among the best universities nationwide (U.S. News & World Report, 2018)
Ranked #5 in Best Colleges for Veterans (U.S. News & World Report, 2018)
Regionally accredited by the Western Association of School and Colleges
USC’s MPA is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration
Why Choose the University of Southern California for Your MPA?
USC is a global research leader. Established in 1929, the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy has been at the forefront of education for nearly 90 years. Today, the USC Price MPA is a recognized name in the public administration field. Through cutting-edge research, expert faculty members and a long tradition of academic excellence, USC’s Price School has helped more than 16,000 students develop sound management, analytical and policy-making skills.
Highly Ranked, Highly Regarded.
USC and the Sol Price School of Public Policy are ranked:*
*U.S. News & World Report
Learn from Real Research.
USC’s MPA coursework is informed by 13 leading research centers. As a tier one research institution with nearly $700 million in annual research expenditures, USC makes vital contributions to academic disciplines and helps shape solutions in public administration. Price faculty rank #3 among all USC colleges in per capita research grants.
Become a USC MPA student, and you can contribute to the field through your capstone course, which challenges you to solve real-world issues in a group environment.
Support from a Faculty of Experts.
The USC Price School has 60 full-time faculty members — distinguished, award-winning scholars and professionals with a common commitment to research and education. As leading thinkers, published authors and active participants in public policy issues, our expert faculty members are at the frontier of their field and at the helm of our programs.
Your Community, Online.
At USC, we create a community of growth where students have the opportunity to learn from not just our faculty, but from each other as well. To help foster this environment, USC’s online MPA includes two residencies and delivers the same high-quality courses as our on-campus program, all on a flexible online platform. Find out if online learning is right for you.
“Even though you are physically in your own state or your own space, USC’s online MPA gives you the broadest perspective of people, experiences and age groups.”
— Jessica Ureña, USC online MPA graduate