The Master of Public Administration Online from USC Price
Pursue an Online MPA from a top-ranked Public Affairs School
The USC Sol Price School of Public Policy has been widely recognized for its history of academic excellence.
USC Price’s Master of Public Administration program is also accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration, an organization that recognizes the best public service training and education programs in the country.
Professionals in this industry help address some of our nation’s most pressing issues, including health care accessibility, immigration, infrastructure, urban development and social policy.
Public administrators run government agencies, nonprofits and nongovernmental organizations at the ground level. They are experts at identifying areas for improvement in their communities and organizations and ensuring change is implemented. They help carry out policies that keep systems running efficiently — across all sectors.
Specifically, they might:
Evaluate, develop and implement policy
Communicate with community leaders and constituents to identify issues
Ensure strategic solutions are implemented to systemic challenges
Track, allocate and raise funds
How Does an MPA Compare?
You know you want to further your education and advance your career — but it can be difficult to decide which graduate degree is the best fit.
To help you make the decision, we’ve put together a comparison between a Master of Public Administration (MPA) and three other popular degrees: an MBA, a Master of Public Policy (MPP) and a Master of Public Health (MPH). Explore on our Degree Comparison page.
Careers in Public Administration
An online Master of Public Administration from USC Price can lead to advancement across a wide array of industries and professions. Nonprofits, government agencies, public policy organizations and private sector businesses all have openings that MPA graduates could fill.
To learn more about how this degree can help you advance your career across the sectors and the types of jobs that are available in your desired industry, visit our Careers page.
Be A Leader in Your Community
Advance your career in public service with a degree from USC Price.
USC’s Master of Public Administration online, which delivers classes face-to-face through our videoconferencing platform, will equip you to enter or advance within this field. You will study topics like:
policy and program evaluation
public financial management and budgeting
urban planning and social policy
local government and nonprofit management
With two certificate options, the curriculum is designed to allow maximum flexibility so you can tailor your education to your career goals.
At USC Price, we seek students who are motivated to effect positive change in their communities. We have three start dates per year: January, May and September.
We require a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university andGRE/GMAT scores to apply, but test waivers are available for those with five or more years of managerial work experience and a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
During each application period, the admissions team offers an Early Decision deadline, which allows you to receive a decision and start planning for your future sooner. If you apply for the Early Decision deadline, we will waive the $90 application fee.
The program is also a great fit for veterans looking to transition to civilian work. USC has been named the No. 5 best college for veterans by U.S. News & World Report.²
USC Price is also proud to partner with the Veterans Benefits Administration, providing VA Yellow Ribbon benefits to qualified students. Our curriculum equips veterans with the foundation they need to move into public administration work while allowing them to customize their course sequence to the industry they’d like to enter.
Priority Application Deadline
May 31, 2019
Final Application Deadline
July 1, 2019
Don’t Miss the Next Deadline
Your community needs you. Take the next step with USC Price.
Public administration is undergoing a digital transformation. In order to advance as a public servant, you will need to be able to communicate (with organizations and public citizens), share information and leverage data virtually. Our online courseworkwill equip you to work and communicate in a digital environment.
Immersive coursework and live classes are delivered through our online platform. Upon enrollment, you will receive a complimentary WeWork Global Access Membership, which allows access to any of WeWork’s innovative co-working and office spaces in cities around the world.
Earning your MPA online doesn’t just mean advancing your education—and career—from anywhere. It also means joining a rich network of USC Price faculty, alumni and students who have been driving change in their communities for decades.
A Distinguished Team of Faculty
The USC Price School has a team of full-time faculty members from a diverse array of disciplinary backgrounds and research interests. Our professors are current and former:
Faculty are passionate about preparing the next generation of public servants—and will be available to you inside and outside the MPA classroom to provide academic and professional guidance and mentorship.
USC Price alumni are united for life—and stay closely involved with the school long after graduation.
“The Trojan Family is just that: an actual family. We're so close knit. We look out for each other. It feels like they're my brothers and sisters.”
— Trenton Jackson, USC MPA 2016 Graduate, Online Program
“The Trojan Family is not just USC Price students. It's also the faculty and the alumni. I have the privilege of being an alumna and being able to work with the current students and mentor them.”
—Jennifer Page, USC MPA 2014 Graduate, Online Program
“There is a lot of wisdom in each cohort here. I learn from them every day and hope they learn from me, too. I hope we can help continue to build the Trojan Family.”
—Steve Ozinga, USC MPA 2017 Graduate, Online Program
Take the Next Step
Request information today to learn more about the online Master of Public Administration program from USC Price or contact an admissions counselor at 1-855-637-1999 or email@example.com