Office of Admissions

The mission of the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy is to improve the quality of life for people and their communities, here and abroad. We achieve this mission through education and research that promote innovative solutions to the most critical issues facing society. As the 21st century unfolds, strands and textures of society intersect in unexpected ways. Much of this occurs across booming urban populations — in America and around the world — giving rise to new challenges or further complicating those that have not been adequately solved. For nearly 90 years, the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy has earned the public trust by creating path-breaking research and scholarship. We believe it is our ethical responsibility to continue serving our global community at the highest level of excellence. Sustainability, health care, immigration, infrastructure, urban development, social policy, affordable housing, and governance – these are just a few of the modern challenges that require leaders who look beyond their area of expertise to find the most effective solutions. And they are challenges that call on a new generation of creative thinkers to explore beyond the status quo. Solving societal issues of such complexity requires not only great minds but also great action. USC Price fosters collaboration and partnerships to better understand problems through varied perspectives. We use the vast influence of California and greater Los Angeles as a resource for setting new paradigms. And we translate research into communities by working directly with the public, private and nonprofit sectors.

Degrees Offered

Public Administration (MPA)
Online MPA
Nonprofit Leadership and Management (MNLM)
Public Policy (MPP)
Public Policy Data Science
Global Public Policy (Global MPP)
Urban Planning (MUP)
Executive Urban Planning Online
Dollinger Real Estate Development (MRED)
Health Administration (MHA)
Executive Master of Health Administration (EMHA)
International Public Policy and Management (IPPAM)
Executive Master of Leadership (EML)
Doctor of Philosophy in Public Policy and Management (Ph.D.)
Doctor of Philosophy in Urban Planning and Development (Ph.D.)
Doctor of Policy, Planning, and Development (DPPD)

Fields of Specialization/Study Tracks

Child / Family Policy
Conflict Resolution / Negotiation
Criminal Justice Policy Management
Education Policy
Energy Policy
Environmental Policy
Foreign Policy
Government (Public) Administration
Healthcare Policy / Management
Housing / Economic Development
Human Rights / Humanitarian Affairs
Information & Technology Policy / Management
International Development
International Trade / Business
Law / International Law
Nonprofit Management
Organizational Theory / Management
Public Finance / Budgeting
Security Studies (National or International)
Social Policy / Poverty
Urban Studies / Regional Planning

Area Studies

Eastern Europe / Russia
Latin America
Middle East

Graduate Program Overview

The USC Sol Price School of Public Policy trains students to become leaders who apply multidisciplinary approaches in solving complex issues related to governing, managing and building contemporary urban communities.

USC Price’s highly-ranked professional master’s degree programs combine theory with practice and emphasize experiential and professional learning. Graduate students have considerable latitude to design their own programs that focus on specialized areas of interest and further professional development.

Admissions Deadline

Fall: December 15 (scholarship deadline)
May 1 (international applicant final deadline) July 1 (domestic applicant final deadline)

Spring: November 1

Admissions Overview

The USC Sol Price School of Public Policy offers graduate and undergraduate programs focused on innovative governance and place-based solutions for the betterment of communities worldwide.

Admission is selective and based highly on an assessment of the applicant’s potential for academic and professional achievement. Deadlines and requirements vary, so be sure to follow application instructions for the program that best meets your interest. More details can be found here.

Contact Information

650 Childs Way RGL 111
Los Angeles, CA

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