Pursue an MPA Degree as Advanced as the Field

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:*

in City Management and Urban Policy
in Health Policy and Management
in Public Management / Administration
in Nonprofit Management
in Social Policy
in Public Policy Analysis
in Best Colleges for Veterans (2017)
among 272 schools of Public Affairs (2017)
among the best universities nationwide (2017)

*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.

What Can I Learn with USC’s MPA?

The contemporary curriculum of the USC Price online MPA program takes cutting-edge research about organization and social processes, combines it with practical experience and applies it to craft and execute successful problem-solving strategies. The program helps you develop a number of key skills, including strong analytic capabilities, political acumen and excellent communication abilities.

A Virtual Classroom with Real-World Focus.

Our MPA is designed to empower you to serve as an innovator and leader in whichever sector interests you. With three concentrations and two certificates to choose from, our MPA gives you more than options — it gives you opportunities.

Local Government Concentration

Nonprofit Management Concentration

Public Policy Concentration

City/County Management Certificate

Public Policy Certificate

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

Why Choose USC’s Master’s in Public Adminstration?

When you choose a Master’s in Public Administration, you choose a pathway toward leadership, improved public service and opportunity. As one of the most recognized names in the public administration field, USC’s MPA offers you more than 130 years of tradition and academic excellence as a foundation to help further your career and expertise.

Develop a Leadership Mindset
Solving society’s most pressing issues requires innovation and collaboration. Through a cutting-edge curriculum and real-world application opportunities, USC’s MPA can help you develop the skills to lead at any level, in any sector.

Virtual Classroom, Real-World Impact
When it comes to the challenging and complicated field of public administration, the right people can make a difference. But to be able to make a real impact, the field needs astute, analytic thinkers with highly honed political skills. Learn to leverage public administration concepts and strategies to solve today’s prevalent issues with our comprehensive curriculum and capstone course.

A Tool for Change
While many professional degrees can help you develop tools that are helpful to a public administration role, an MPA combines all the necessary skills to see management and policy issues from a public service perspective. Earning your MPA gives you the skills and credentials to move into new roles and sectors that allow you to effect change.

Why Become a Trojan?

“I wanted a university based on tradition, and USC is full of tradition.”
— Chris Foster, USC MPA Graduate

Build Your Expertise with Ours.

A degree from USC says a lot about your drive and commitment to the public administration field and expertise. With an acceptance rate of just 16%, USC is among the most selective academic institutions in the nation — ensuring a high caliber of peers to work with and learn from.

Join a Growing Network of Professionals.

The Trojan network is composed of more than 375,000 living alumni, including 16,000 Price alumni from all 50 states and more than 40 countries.

Learn with Added Support.

The Price School offers online students multiple levels of student support, including enrollment advisors, faculty advisors and 24/7 technical support. Exclusive to our students are the USC cohort coaches who serve as an additional sounding board and can provide strong connections between you and your professors; Trojan Career Connections on connectSC, a private USC job board and virtual career center; and a variety of networking opportunities.

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