Master of Public Administration for Military Service Members

Earn Your Degree Online From the
#5 Best College for Veterans1

At USC Price, we are committed to supporting our military-affiliated students at every step of their academic journey. We understand the unique needs of veterans, service members and their families, and offer numerous resources to make a high-quality education accessible and achievable for those who have served our country.

“USC’s century old relationship with the United States Military is exemplary. More than 200 USC alumni have attained the rank of general officer or admiral. We, at USC Price, are proud to house the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Programs (ROTC) for the United States Air Force, Army and Naval Reserves, including the Marines. Based on our history and tradition, we pride ourselves with creating a remarkable educational experience for our veterans.”

A Master’s for Continued Service

The online Master of Public Administration (MPA) program from USC’s top-ranked Sol Price School of Public Policy can help prepare you to solve public service challenges and increase your effectiveness as a leader.2

Advancing Your Career With an MPA

Many of the skills you developed in military training — navigating uncertainty, strategic leadership, effective decision-making and more — are extremely valuable in the public administration field.

Whether you are continuing to serve or transitioning out of the military, building on your experience with an advanced degree can be a path to becoming a more versatile or higher-ranking officer or adapting your skill set to a civilian job. An MPA can prepare you for a career working in nonprofit management, shaping public policy, leading in the private sector and more.

How Online Learning Helps Military Service Members Succeed

The online format is designed to support a variety of lifestyles, schedules and needs. You will be able to focus on your goal: gaining the skills you need to advance your career and serve your community.

Blended Learning Environment

As a student, you will participate in live class meetings and attend two in-person residencies, in addition to completing coursework and engaging with faculty on a flexible schedule. These diverse educational formats enable you to seamlessly fit graduate school into your schedule along with your responsibilities.

An Expansive Professional Network

At USC Price, you will build a wide-ranging network of professionals as you share your unique perspective and connect with diverse peers and your professors in the classroom. These contacts may provide you access to future employment opportunities in various fields of interest.

Easily Accessible Coursework

Your course readings and assignments are available online 24/7 from your computer or mobile device. You can even download them to access when you are offline.

Digital Fluency

Our intuitive online platform will acclimate you to working, communicating and presenting ideas in a digital format. Honing these skills will prepare you to succeed professionally in today’s tech-driven workplaces.

Earn Your Degree and Continue
Your Service

Take the next step toward making a difference in your community through
public administration.

Resources for Military Students

Your military experience is valued here. We are committed to supporting your goals, welcoming you into our community and providing resources to help you succeed in our online master’s program.


There are several military education benefit options you may be able to apply for to help you fund your online MPA degree. If you are eligible, we accept the following benefits:

  • Montgomery GI Bill, Chapter 30
  • Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) VetSuccess on Campus (VSOC) program, Chapter 31
  • Post-9/11 GI Bill, Chapter 33
  • Yellow Ribbon Program

To learn more about our available funding resources for military members, visit the USC Veterans Certification Office Military FAQ page.

Support for Active Duty and Veteran Students

Through a number of dedicated services for military applicants and students, we strive to create a military-friendly online master’s program experience.

Application Fee Waiver

We offer an application fee waiver for active duty military personnel, veterans, spouses and dependents. To learn more, reach out to our admissions team at Phone Number: 855-637-1999 or

GRE Waiver

If you have five or more years of management experience (people, resources and/or budgets), you may be eligible to receive a GRE waiver.

Student Success Advisor

You will work with a dedicated student success advisor, who will support you throughout your time in the program. They will be available to assist you with scheduling courses, accessing funding, planning for deployment and more.

USC Alumni Veterans Network

You will be connected to a worldwide network of Trojan alumni who have also served.

Find a New Way to Serve
Your Community

Learn more about how USC Price’s online MPA
program can prepare you to serve through a career
in public administration.

Find a New Way to Serve Your Community

Learn more about how USC Price’s online MPA program can prepare you to serve through a career in public administration.

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