About the USC Master of Public Administration
Our Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree program is offered by the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. The program is a unique and multidisciplinary environment within the Price School that integrates all the major disciplines bearing on management and leadership in the modern, interconnected socioeconomic and political environment. The program connects cutting-edge research to the practice of public policy and management, equipping students with the skills required to meet the challenges and opportunities of the ever-changing field of public administration — sound management, analytical and policy-making skills.
Why Does Public Administration Matter?
In today’s world of dynamic change and globalization, social challenges have become increasingly complex. To make a real difference at every level, public administration needs analytical thinkers with political mindsets. Without these leaders, public administration would not be able to develop, establish and implement initiatives and operations that impact communities. While often focused on government enterprises, public administration impacts communities at different levels through various sectors. The field is facing increasing complexity and drastically fewer resources, changing the way public administration professionals approach programs and initiatives. To be someone who can make significant and meaningful contributions, you must be able to adapt to modern public administration. That’s where our MPA comes in.
The USC Master of Public Administration program emphasizes intersectoral leadership while also helping students develop key analytic, political and communication skills. It’s the combination of these skills that creates truly successful public managers.
USC MPA graduates go on to work at a variety of sectors and organizations, including nonprofit, public, private and international. Our graduating class of 2014 is proof of the versatility of public administration skills and the benefit of an MPA degree. Learn more about where an MPA can take you now.
*Some alumni selected multiple industries; these are representative of the top industries employed.
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