What Kind of Support Can I Receive?

As an online student in the Price School of Public Policy, you receive multiple levels of support to help you navigate your options and minimize obstacles that accompany some graduate programs. When our students are admitted to the online MPA program, they are assigned both a faculty advisor and student services advisor. Our support doesn’t end there. As a USC online MPA student, you also have access to a cohort coach, financial aid advisor and technical help desk.

Our Specialized Experts

The Cohort Coach

The cohort coach program is unique to USC. As an online student, you have access to a USC MPA alumnus who serves as a cohort coach for the program. Your coach can help you explore career options, suggests research topics and acts as a liaison between you and your professors.

Faculty Advisor

Your faculty advisor helps you narrow your area of interests, introduces you to faculty members in the field, and helps you explore academic and professional development opportunities.

The Student Services Advisor

Your student services advisor helps you get started on your online MPA. From transfer credits to satisfying prerequisites all the way to filing for graduation, your student services advisor will be there to assist you with all administrative aspects of your academic progress.

Full-time Support Network

Your technical support team is there if you ever have technical issues with the online platform. With USC’s technical help desk, you can receive helpful, live support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Hear what USC online MPA graduates have to say about their time with us and the level of support they received during their program.

Helpful Tools

At USC, we believe career planning and preparation is a defining element of every student’s educational experience. To help you plan your next step, the Price School of Public Policy offers the Career Services center. This resource is available to online or on-campus students and alumni who are applying for or transitioning into new jobs.

Our Career Services staff can connect you with employers and alumni across the public policy sphere and gives you access to useful resources, such as:

  • Interview Coaching
  • Alumni Panels
  • Externship Opportunities
  • Resume Workshops
  • Networking Events and Job Fairs
  • PriceNet Online Database
Just like our on-campus students, online MPA students can expect a high level of support from the Price School of Public Policy. Explore more reasons to pursue distance learning for your Master’s in Public Administration.

Be a Part of the Trojan Family

Many schools talk about their strong alumni networks, but few can back it up. With more than 375,000 living alumni around the world and more than 100 alumni groups on five continents, the University of Southern California boats one of the most recognized alumni networks on the West Coast. Our students join ranks of leaders and scholars, including Neil Armstrong, Sol Price, the namesake of our Price School of Public Policy, and countless successful professionals. When you join USC, you join more than a network — you join the Trojan family.

“I have wanted to be a Trojan since I was about 8 years old.”
— Cynthia McDougal, USC MPA Online Student

Financial Aid Options

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, policies and qualifying professional degrees vary among employers. Consult your organization’s human resources office to learn more about qualifying for tuition assistance.

Many options are available to fund your graduate education. The USC Financial Aid Office and your financial advisor can assist you. Your financial advisor can help you complete your financial aid documents and provide valuable information about grants, scholarships and loan options.

What are your financial aid options?
Qualifying students may be able to fund their education through a variety of scholarships and grants.
Your options include, but are not limited to:

  • The VA Yellow Ribbon Program
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • Dean’s Merit Scholarships
  • City/County Management Fellowship Program
  • USC Price/Public Policy and International Affairs Scholarships
  • MPA Online Merit Scholarship
  • USC Alumni Association Scholarships