MPA Student Experience

The Price School Master of Public Administration online combines public service with intersectoral leadership, which focuses on creating new solutions to public policy issues. Through a rigorous curriculum and a tight-knit support system, you can learn to demonstrate leadership while managing tough financial, leadership, human resources and project/program management problems.

With USC, you prepare to be more than an MPA graduate. You prepare to be a change agent in public administration and to take on leadership roles in your organization. Develop the skills you need to solve today’s critical social problems and make positive change with the support of the USC name and alumni network.

Where Are USC MPA Alumni Now?

With more than 16,000 USC MPA alumni in all 50 states and more than 40 countries, our graduates are widespread and diverse. While many MPA alumni reside within California, their occupations and interests vary. In fact, 40% of our graduating class of 2014 work in the private nonprofit sector, a quarter work in the public sector and a small portion work in international markets (2014 USC MPA Employment Survey).

Our graduates work in nearly every industry all around the world — and they keep in touch. Find out what our graduates have done since completing their online MPA now.

What Student Support Tools Will Be Available to Me?

As a USC online MPA student, you have access to the same resources and support centers as our on-campus students. Your student support tools span from virtual tutors to USC job forums and more.

  • Cohort Coach
  • Faculty Advisor
  • Student Services Advisor
  • Full-time Support Network
  • Career Services Center

Why Join the Trojan Network?

The Trojan family is one of the most recognized alumni networks on the West Coast, and the benefits extend beyond the classroom. Recent graduates report benefiting from our extensive alumni network from day one. What are some other reasons to become a Trojan?

World-Class Faculty
At USC’s Price School, you can learn from modern industry experts. With active researchers, published authors and public administration leaders, our education is rooted in real-world public policy issues and solutions rather than textbook theories.

Reputable Name
When you connect with USC for your online MPA, you also connect with thousands of USC alumni. With alumni groups in nearly every corner of the U.S., online MPA students are able to connect and benefit from a vast alumni network that is recognized nationwide.

Longstanding Tradition
The University of Southern California has a long tradition of leadership in academia. That’s why our students can build their reputation on ours. As a respected institution in the public administration arena, the USC name goes far.