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What will I learn?

The International Public Policy and Management Program (IPPAM) offers a Master of International Public Policy and Management (MIPM) degree designed for international students and U.S. students working in international settings. This executive program targets mid-career professionals with experience in government, nonprofit agencies or business firms engaged in the design, planning and management of social programs and services.

IPPAM courses identify pressing public policy issues in the social sectors and cultivate analytical and managerial expertise to design creative policy solutions and lead programs.

IPPAM is a full-time master’s program that is completed in 18 months to two years. Students entering in the Summer term typically finish by December of the following year (18 months). Students entering in the Fall term finish in two academic years, graduating in May of their second year.

Curriculum Overview

The curriculum focuses on social sector services, such as:



Environmental protection

Community development

Urban planning

Nonprofit management

Special emphasis is placed on the role of nonprofits and NGOs as a model for service delivery in developing countries.

IPPAM Program Learning Objectives

The USC Price International Public Policy and Management program (IPPAM) is a masters degree program designed for mid-career international professionals and U.S. professionals with three or more years of prior experience or an interest in working an international setting. Students are broadly drawn from national and local government agencies, not-for-profit service providers, international business firms, educational settings, media organizations, and so forth. The students in each year’s cohort represent 10-12 different countries. Countries such as China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, and the U.S. are often represented. Other countries have included Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Myanmar, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, UAE, Kuwait, Ethiopia, Chile, and Colombia.

Which department am I in?

USC Sol Price School of Public Policy

Study options

Full Time (18 months)

Tuition fees
US$57,256.00 per year
Start date

Expected May, August 2023


University of Southern California

University Park Campus,



90089, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a Bachelor degree earned at an institution recognized by the Ministry of Education.

For international students

Applicants must have earned the equivalent of a 4-year U.S. bachelor’s degree with a competitive GPA.

Applicants to master's programs who have attained an Internet Based TOEFL (iBT) score of 90, with no less than 20 on each sub-score; or an IELTS score of 6.5, with no less than 6 on each band score.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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