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The University of Southern California (USC) is one of the world’s leading private research universities. Established in 1880, it’s also one of the oldest. With a strong tradition of integrating liberal and professional education, USC fosters a vibrant culture of public service and encourages students to cross academic as well as geographic boundaries in their pursuit of knowledge. Graduate students at USC are key members of the university’s community of scholars, contributing diverse viewpoints and fresh insights that are poised to make their mark on the theories, systems, inventions, public policy and creative work of the 21st century.
The University of Southern California and the Price School of Public Policy’s online Master of Public Administration are accredited by the following agencies:
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When it comes to higher education, you have a lot of options, and it can be tough to navigate on your own. That’s why we’ve conveniently compiled our most frequently asked questions. Explore our FAQ section now.
Why should I earn a Master of Public Administration?
The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program offers a professional education designed to prepare you for the challenges and opportunities of a career in public management or in related public and private firms. With a management, analytical and policy-making focus, our online MPA is positioned to help you pursue your professional goals through specialized expertise.
Why should I choose the University of Southern California for my MPA?
The University of Southern California’s online Master of Public Administration is offered through the Price School of Public Policy, a reputable college dedicated to preparing students for public service and beyond. By choosing USC for your MPA, you have access to Price School resources, support and the Trojan name.
Does the online MPA have prerequisites?
Our MPA has two prerequisites:
To see if you qualify, learn more about our prerequisites or start your online MPA, please contact a helpful enrollment advisor or visit our admissions page.
What concentrations can I specialize in?
The online MPA offers three, industry-relevant specializations. Choose from our Local Government, Nonprofit Management or Public Policy concentrations. Learn more about our concentration options.
What certificate options are there?
The online MPA offers two graduate certificates. Focus your interests and complement your MPA degree with a City/County Management or Public Policy certification. Learn more about our certification options.
Is a thesis required?
There is no thesis required. However, all MPA students must complete a capstone course.
What is the capstone course?
Our capstone component provides students with an experience that combines the core knowledge, skills and values developed throughout the program. The capstone course divides students into teams to conduct a semester-long project with nonprofits and public government agencies, after which students will offer a summary of their analysis and recommendations to the partnering agencies.
Learn more about the online MPA capstone course now.
How have graduates of the program applied their degree?
Many of our graduates have achieved success throughout all levels of the public, nonprofit and private sectors. Hear more about our online MPA graduates and their current work now.
What are the requirements for applying to the program?
● A completed USC graduate application
● Application fee
● Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
● 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, including at least one academic reference
● A statement of purpose, approximately 1,000 words in length, addressing:
What are the requirements for online learning?
Online students must have a reliable internet connection, a current, non-beta browser, an active email address and access to a computer with software capabilities. All students have access to our online learning orientation, which covers the online learning environment and communication technologies used in USC online courses.
Is it possible to work full-time while enrolled in the online public administration program?
Yes. In fact, our program is designed to accommodate the lives of busy professionals employed full-time. While our students are expected to work with deadlines, our online coursework is offered asynchronously. That means you can complete your assignments and listen to your lectures on your schedule.
With the exception of our two residency components, our entire program is offered on a flexible online platform. Find out if online learning is right for you now.
How long is the public administration program?
Most students pursue the MPA program full time and complete the program in two to three years. You may also enroll in the MPA program part time and complete the program in three to five years. The time limit for completing a master’s degree at USC is five years.
How many hours a week will I need to dedicate to studying?
The online MPA from USC is an academically rigorous program. Students should expect to spend 20 to 30 hours a week on their studies.
What kind of support can online students expect?
Our online students receive the same level of student support as our on-campus population. Students pursuing degrees in the Price School are assigned to a dedicated student services advisor and faculty advisor. Online students also have access to financial aid advisors, cohort coaches and career center resources.
Will my diploma say “online” on it?
No. The online Master of Public Administration diploma is identical to that of the on-campus program.
Is financial aid available?
Yes. USC administers one of the largest financial aid programs in the United States, with many options available for undergraduates, graduate and professional students, international students, and those with special circumstances. We also offer scholarships and application fee waivers to qualifying domestic and international students. Please visit the Financial Aid page for more details.
Are GRE waivers available?
GRE waivers are available for eligible applicants. Please contact an enrollment advisor for more information.
Can I transfer credits from another program?
Yes. The limit for transferable coursework is eight units, and all transferred coursework must be approved by USC Price.
Can I take courses before being formally admitted to the program?
Yes. Students may enroll in classes as a “limited status” student with permission from the degree program director.
For more information about the USC MPA online program,
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USC Sol Price School of Public Policy
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, California 90089-0626