Master of Public Administration
Sol Price School of Public Policy
The online Master of Public Administration from the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy integrates all the major disciplines bearing on management and leadership in the modern, interconnected socioeconomic and political environment.
At USC Price, we connect cutting-edge research to the practice of public policy and management, so you’ll be prepared for the ever-changing nature of public administration.
Online MPA At A Glance
When you earn your master’s in public administration online from USC Price, you’ll be equipped with the sound management, analytical and policy-making skills you need to thrive in a variety of public administration roles.
City and County Management
Online MPA Program Admissions Requirements
As society evolves, so do the needs of our communities. USC Price seeks applicants who are motivated to better understand and meet those needs. Our online Master of Public Administration program is designed for thought leaders who want to equip themselves to improve the quality of life for those around them.
To apply, you must have:
- A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
- An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (recommended)
- GRE or GMAT scores (waivers available for qualified applicants)
- Residence, or a plan to reside, in one of the authorized states while taking the program
MPA Online Curriculum
Our online MPA curriculum focuses on two areas of managerial competency: (1) institutions and organizations and (2) analytics. Within these areas, you will combine core courses with elective coursework tailored to your area of interest to develop key skills that are relevant to your career goals.
Public Administration Courses
The online Master of Public Administration curriculum comprises 24 core units in institutions and organizations and analysis, and 16 elective units.
As a student, you may select electives to develop professional expertise and pursue a certificate in either Public Policy or City and County Management.
Course subjects include:
- Public policy analysis
- Policy and program evaluation
- Public financial management and budgeting
- Urban planning and social policy
- Local government and nonprofit management
You will attend two residencies on our Los Angeles campus. During residencies, you will strengthen your network of peers, faculty and alumni through lectures, team-building exercises and more while working on complex issues of critical importance in public administration today.
You will be introduced to tools for success in the MPA program and practical skills relevant to online learning. Topics covered include digital literacy, working in groups, research, writing and analysis.
You will work with a team to address a specific problem through research and present your findings in a competitive challenge.
If you enter the program with less than two years of full-time work experience, you must complete an internship of 300 hours in addition to your curriculum and residencies. If you work in the field of public administration at the time of your internship, your existing role can count toward internship credit. Our Career Services team will work with you to confirm logistics.
Careers in Public Administration
There are a number of public administration careers you can pursue with an MPA. Public administrators run government agencies, nonprofits and nongovernmental organizations at the ground level.
When you earn your master’s in public administration online from USC Price, you will be prepared to:
- 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
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.