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. 2 for urban policy1 and No. 3 for public affairs2 by U.S. News & World Report for 2020.

 
“What sets USC Price apart from its peers is a unique multidisciplinary approach that bridges the public, private and nonprofit sectors. … The school has long recognized that 21st-century challenges can be met only by leaders who are able to think broadly, work collaboratively and engage the public.”
- Jack H. Knott, USC Price Dean

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.

Explore the Master of Public Administration

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.

Start Shaping Your Community

If you are ready to take the next step in building the skills to make a difference in your community, request information today.