University of Southern California

USC Sol Price School of Public Policy

Master of Public Policy


University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA 90007

United States


(213) 740-2311

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Public Policy

Format: Campus

Program Description:

SPPD's Master of Public Policy (MPP) program is renowned for bringing together leaders from business, government, and the nonprofit sector to design solutions to public problems. It offers a comprehensive degree that integrates public policy leadership, analysis, evaluation, and management. Core courses and specialized electives provide students with in-depth knowledge of the policy issues they care most about. Through coursework, interaction with faculty, and practical experience, MPP students gain awareness of the political environment in which policy decisions are made, and develop an understanding of the effects that decisions have on government, business, and the community. The program offers a number of distinct features:

  • Size that allows one-on-one access to full-time faculty
  • Faculty members who engage students in meaningful research and civic engagement
  • Integrated analysis and leadership development
  • Instruction in a broad range of analytical skills
  • Practical, real-world experience and career support


In the MPP program, students are taught to develop "knowledge in action." The professional focus ensures that students will have the analytical skills, theoretical context, and background to be successful in our rapidly changing, globalizing world. In addition to classroom work, students engage clients directly through the school’s Policy Analysis Practicum. Internships generally are paid and may be completed during the school year or in the summer.


Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities.

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Loans Offered: Financial Aid is available Federal Student Loans. Applicants may apply by completing the FAFSA and applying code 001328. Several scholarships also available.

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 0-999

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