Earlier this year, a group of 25 graduate students from the Price School of Public Policy traveled to São Paulo, Brazil to explore housing provisions and make recommendations based on experiences of other major metropolitan areas as part of the Price School’s 2014 Brazil International Lab. After arriving in São Paulo and having some time to take in their new surroundings, the students spent four days listening to presentations, going on site visits and touring the city, including the new housing developments at Serra do Mar and Jardim Pantanal. Prior to the trip, the class had broken into groups of five and worked for three weeks on reports analyzing various aspects of land use in five areas — New York, Chicago, Singapore, Hong Kong and Seoul — and applying them to São Paulo. The international labs are one example of the school’s commitment of turning knowledge into action.

Price School Blog Post Image_092014_compThe 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. Through its interdisciplinary and intersectoral approach, the school educates students to serve as innovators – and leaders – in their field. The school’s degree programs draw on the expertise of faculty and practicing professionals to create a learning environment whose breadth and depth sets the Price School apart from all schools of its kind. The school is ranked sixth nationwide among “America’s Best Graduate Schools” for public affairs, according to U.S. News & World Report.

The Price School offers six master’s level programs – in Public Policy, Public Administration, Nonprofit Leadership and Management, Urban Planning, Real Estate Development, and Health Policy and Management – join theory with practice and emphasize experiential and professional learning. The doctoral programs allow a select group of students to work closely with faculty on important areas of research and scholarly inquiry. Graduate-level students at the Price School have considerable latitude to design their own programs in order to pursue their specialized areas of interest and further their professional development.

The Price School now offers Leadership in Diversity Fellowships, which recognize entering graduate students who demonstrate strong leadership abilities and are committed to diversity, inclusion, and social justice. Students entering the Master of Health Administration, Master of Nonprofit Leadership and Management, Master of Planning, Master of Public Administration, and Master of Public Policy programs will be considered for these fellowships. These awards consist of full-tuition scholarships. PPIA fellows will also be considered for Price PPIA scholarships, and are eligible to receive additional funding through the Dean’s Merit Scholarship. More information on financial aid opportunities can be found here: http://priceschool.usc.edu/students/financial-aid/masters-opportunities/.

To learn more, please attend one of our information sessions on campus in Los Angeles or attend an Idealist Graduate School Fair in a city near you! For more information, please visit our website: http://priceschool.usc.edu/admission/recruitment-schedule/ or email us at uscprice@usc.edu.