Earn a Master’s Online From the Top-Ranked USC Sol Price School of Public Policy

Equip Yourself To Help Your Community Thrive

With the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, you can prepare yourself to serve your community — local and global — at the highest level of excellence. The school has been ranked both No. 3 for urban policy¹  and No. 4 for public affairs²  by U.S. News & World Report  for 2022.

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“Around the world, the social fabric is fraying rapidly. Through innovative research and transformative education, the Price School seeks to repair the damage and empower communities to stitch a better world.”

– Dana Goldman Interim Dean and Professor

Explore Our Online Graduate Programs

Sustainability, health care, immigration, urban development and social policy: These are just a few of the modern challenges that demand a new generation of thinkers. With USC Price’s online master’s degrees, you will explore beyond the status quo and learn to craft innovative solutions to today’s most pressing public service and urban planning issues. 

Master of Public Administration

Our NASPAA-accredited MPA online program will prepare you to work in public service, including in local government and larger federal agencies, nonprofits and NGOs, and in the private sector. You will study topics like:

  • Public administration and society
  • Human behavior in organizations
  • Policy and program evaluation
  • Financial management and budgeting
  • Strategic planning
  • Economics for policy, planning and development

With two certificate options, the curriculum is designed to allow maximum flexibility so you can tailor your education to your career goals. Should you choose this option, you will take specialized electives in key areas to build a certificate curriculum in:

  • City / County Management.
  • Public Policy Analysis, Formulation and Implementation.

If you are interested in a two-year, full-time, on-campus program, explore our Master of Public Administration degree, delivered on USC’s campus in Los Angeles.

Executive Master of Urban Planning

As an online Executive Master of Urban Planning student, you will build fundamental knowledge in four areas:

  • Project and land economics.
  • Urban design and the built environment.
  • Political, legal and regulatory process.
  • Data analysis and communication.

You will graduate equipped to be a leader in this growing field.

If you are interested in a two-year, full-time, on-campus program, explore our foundational Master of Planning degree, delivered on USC’s campus in Los Angeles. Explore the Master of Urban Planning.

Our Immersive Learning Format

Our online master’s degrees online are designed to provide you with the flexibility to advance your education on a busy schedule — without sacrificing your personal or professional responsibilities at home. Our online platform will also acclimate you to working, communicating and presenting ideas in a digital format — a skill set that is increasingly important in today’s tech-driven workplace.

Our online format includes:

Live, online classes

Our courses are delivered on videoconferencing technology so you have the opportunity to discuss course topics, ask questions and engage with your peers face-to-face in real time.

Coursework available 24/7

Our course readings and assignments are available online 24/7 from your computer or mobile device. Daily and weekly deadlines encourage you to complete your work on schedule in order to receive faculty feedback and engage with peers.

In-person learning:

During your program, you will meet on campus to engage with fellow students and core faculty in lectures, real-life case studies and networking events with alumni and public leaders.

[1]U.S. News & World Report, March 2021
[2]U.S. News & World Report, March 2021
[3]Planetizen Guide for Graduate Urban Planning Programs, 5th Edition, June 2017