Admissions Requirements


To qualify for the program, applicants must meet the following admissions requirements:

  • USC graduate application
  • Application fee
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is recommended
  • Above average score on the GRE or GMAT
  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited institution
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Completed Price School supplemental form
  • Current resume
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose of approximately 1,000 words addressing:
    – Why you are interested in pursuing the MPA
    – How the MPA will affect or enhance your career aspirations and goals

To apply online today, visit USC’s Graduate Admissions Application page.

Academic Calendar

Spring 2018: 1/10/2018- 4/24/2018
Summer 2018: 5/9/2018-8/21/2018
Fall 2018: 9/5/2018- 12/18/2018

Financial Aid and Scholarships

The ability to pay for your education is always an important consideration. Many organizations offer tuition assistance to employees and, in some cases, cover 100 percent of tuition costs. Programs and policies vary among employers. Consult your human resources office to learn more about tuition assistance at your organization.

Many options are available to fund your graduate education. The USC Financial Aid Office administers federal and private programs to assist you. For more information on applying for financial aid, please visit USC Financial Aid.

USC financial aid opportunities for entering USC Price master’s students:

Dean’s Merit Scholarships

City/County Management Fellowship Program

City Hall Fellows Scholarship Program

USC Price/COLFUTURO (Colombia) Fellowship Program

USC Price/CONACYT (Mexico) Fellowship Program

USC Price/Coro Alumni Fellowship Program

USC Price/Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program

USC Price/Public Policy and International Affairs Scholarships

USC Price Republic of Korea Ministry of Public Administration and Security 1+1 Program

USC Price/Teach for America Scholarships

VA Yellow Ribbon Program

University Scholarships

Many USC support groups and alumni clubs award scholarships to graduate and undergraduate students. Please contact the USC Price financial aid coordinator for additional information at (213) 740-0550 or email

USC Alumni Association Scholarships

USC Asian Pacific Alumni Association Scholarships

USC Black Alumni Association Scholarships

USC Latino Alumni Association Scholarships

USC Town and Gown Scholarships

Public Service Loan Forgiveness

Graduates working in the public service field may qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. To qualify, graduates must have made 120 qualifying payments while employed by a qualifying employer. There is no income requirement for the PSLF program.

To find out if you qualify or to learn more about the requirements, reach out to our USC Price Financial Aid Coordinator for additional information at (213) 740-0550, or email

VA Yellow Ribbon Program

The USC Price School is proud to partner with the Veterans Administration to provide VA Yellow Ribbon benefits to qualified students. The Price School has allocated funds for five Yellow Ribbon Awards each year at up to $10,000 for each award. The Yellow Ribbon Program provides additional funding for veterans who wish to attend private institutions which can be used to meet any or all of unmet tuition/fee needs, but cannot exceed the total cost of tuition and fees. To qualify to receive Yellow Ribbon benefits, students must be eligible for the maximum benefit rate (100%) under the Post-9/11 GI Bill (based on service requirements).

To receive the Yellow Ribbon Program benefits, students must be admitted to the University and registered for classes.

Once enrolled, submit the following packet to USC’s School Certifying Official:

  • Recent Certificate of Eligibility
  • Completed Application for Semester Entitlement (ASE) form
  • Copy of a valid photo identification

Take your certificate of eligibility to the Veterans Certification Office and ask them to certify your enrollment to the VA, including Yellow Ribbon. Per federal regulations, eligible recipients will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please note: The college or university must certify your enrollment to the VA; you may not do so yourself.

Please contact the USC Veterans Certification Office for additional details. Go here to learn more about the financial opportunities for Price School graduate students.