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What will I learn?

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program offers a professional education designed to prepare students for the challenges and opportunities of a career in public management or in related public and private firms. The MPA program at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy is one of the oldest and most distinguished programs of its kind in the United States. USC Price is rated second overall among public affairs schools nationwide and ranks fourth for the public management/administration specialty, according to U.S. News & World Report. The MPA program is a two year full-time program and a three year part-time program.

Unique Features of the MPA Program

Some of the program’s specific strengths include:

  • A management, analytical, and policymaking focus that prepares students to pursue their individual interests and concentrate in one of many specialized fields
  • A full-time faculty of exceptional diversity and strength
  • An active part-time faculty of noted professionals
  • A 90-year history of leadership in professional and academic fields
  • Paid internship opportunities
  • An extensive alumni network
  • An advisory board comprising leaders in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors
  • MPA Labs – enriching workshops that develop professional skills and knowledge about a broad range of social issues
  • A facility in Sacramento – the USC State Capital Center – that gives students the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of complex state-local and state-federal relationships
  • The option to complete the entire MPA degree or take courses at the USC State Capital Center
  • Online MPA Program – The option to complete the entire MPA degree online. To learn more about the program go to Master of Public Administration

Which department am I in?

USC Sol Price School of Public Policy

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
USD $44,712 for Year 1; USD $31,008 for Year 2
Start date

Expected January, August 2023


University of Southern California

University Park Campus,



90089, United States

Online/Distance (2 years)

Tuition fees
USD $44,712 for Year 1; USD $31,008 for Year 2; This is a full time fee and offered as a guide
Start date

Expected January, August 2023

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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