Certificates

Public Policy

The USC Price Certificate in Public Policy exposes students to policy issues of interest, while fostering analytical skills built around the most forward-looking methodologies.

City and County Management

The USC Price Certificate in City/County Management is designed for students interested in acquiring the foundational training to advance a career in public service leadership. Working with top faculty and mentors — and with the bustling city of Los Angeles as an unmatched resource — students gain professional skills and knowledge to achieve career aspirations.

Institutions and Organizations (8 units)
540 Fundamentals of Public Administration
545 Public and Non-profit Organizational Behavior

Professional Integration (6 units)
506e Professional Residency in Public Administration
507e Capstone Residency in Public Administration
546 Capstone in Public Administration

Required Analytics (10 core units)
504 Essential Statistics for Public Management
503 Economics for Public Policy
541 Public Financial Management and Budgeting

Management Electives (4 units; select one)
648e Performance Management, or
672 Collaborative Governance, or
673 Strategic Planning in the Public Sector

Analytic Electives (4 units)
554 Foundations of Policy Analysis

Elective Options (8 units)
555 Public Policy Formulation and Implementation – AND EITHER OF
689 The Nonprofit Sector and Philanthropy, or
628 Urban Planning and Social Policy

Pre-service students ONLY (with less than 2 years of relevant, full-time work experience) (1 unit) 543 Internship Seminar

Total units: 40 (standard) / 41 (for pre-service students)

Institutions and Organizations (8 units)
540 Fundamentals of Public Administration
545 Public and Non-profit Organizational Behavior

Professional Integration (6 units)
506e Professional Residency in Public Administration
507e Capstone Residency in Public Administration
546 Capstone in Public Administration

Required Analytics (10 core units)
504 Essential Statistics for Public Management
503 Economics for Public Policy
541 Public Financial Management and Budgeting

Management Elective (4 units)
672 Collaborative Governance

Analytic Electives (4 units)
542 Program and Policy Evaluation

Elective Options (8 units) 651 Seminar in the Administration of Local Government
–AND ANY ONE OF
628 Urban Planning and Social Policy, or
648e Performance Management, or
554 Foundations of Policy Analysis, or
673 Strategic Planning in the Public Sector, or
689 The Nonprofit Sector and Philanthropy

Pre-service students ONLY (with less than 2 years of relevant, full-time work experience) (1 unit)
543 Internship Seminar

Total units: 40 (standard) / 41 (for pre-service students)