ADMISSIONS

USC Price School of Public Policy seeks applicants who are motivated to better understand and meet those needs. Our master’s programs are designed for thought leaders who want to equip themselves to improve the quality of life of those around them.

Application Requirements

All USC Price graduate candidates must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in order to apply.

Master of Public Administration

All USC Price candidates must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in order to apply. An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is recommended to apply to the Master of Public Administration online program. The USC Price Master of Public Administration online program is currently not authorized for students living in Puerto Rico. To complete your application, you must submit the following:

» Resume. Your resume should include a summary of your academic background, your professional work history and any other relevant work or volunteer experience you’d like to highlight. Two years of relevant work experience are recommended, but not required, to apply.

» Official transcripts. We recommend that you request transcripts when beginning the application, as the turnaround time can vary from school to school. USC requires official transcripts from all postsecondary schools (Including community colleges) you have attended, regardless of transfers or whether a degree was earned. Your application processing may be delayed if you fail to submit all undergraduate transcripts. Transcript submission is a two-step process. Step 1. Upload scanned copies of official registrar-issued transcripts to the online application. Please note that these must be official transcripts printed on university letterhead. Printouts from online student portals are not acceptable. Step 2. Request an official registrar-issued transcript be sent to the USC Office of Graduate Admissions.

USC accepts official electronic transcripts from all countries, provided that the transcript originates from a secure site formally linked to the sending institution. Please instruct the vendor to email the transcript to [email protected]. Do not send any other materials or correspondence to this email address yourself. If your university does not offer e-transcripts, advise the university to send a sealed official transcript.

If sending your transcripts via regular mail,
University of Southern California
USC Office of Graduate Admission
3601 South Flower Street, Room 112
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0915
If sending your transcripts via courier service, such as DHL or FedEx,
University of Southern California
USC Office of Graduate Admission and Financial Aid
3601 South Flower Street, Tyler 112
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0915

» Statement of purpose.Your statement should be approximately 1,000 words. You will be asked to address the following questions: Why are you interested in pursuing the Master of Public Administration degree? How will a Master of Public Administration degree affect or enhance your career aspirations and goals?

» Letters of Recommendation. We require three letters of recommendation. These should come from professionals in your field who can provide meaningful input on your previous work experience and career goals. A letter of recommendation from a professor, faculty member and/or academic adviser who can provide meaningful input regarding your academic record is also welcome. We only accept recommendation letters through the application portal. In the Program Materials section, enter the names and email addresses of the three people you would like to write your recommendation letters. The system will email a link to your recommender to upload their letter.

» Test Scores. Price has discontinued the GRE/GMAT requirement for admissions review. Applications will be reviewed holistically.

» Application fee. There is a nonrefundable application fee of $90. USC offers several options for graduate application fee waivers including Military active-duty personnel, spouses, dependents or veterans. Click here to learn more and to determine if you qualify.

» Pre-service Internship Requirement. Pre-service students are required to complete a 300 hour internship and a one-unit Internship Seminar course (PPD 543). Students may choose to fulfill their internship requirement with their current employer. Otherwise, students will be required to secure an appropriate internship location on their own or with the help of the USC Price Career Services staff.

» International Students. Please refer to USC’s Office of Graduate Admissions website for additional items required for international students to apply. On this page you will find a comprehensive checklist to complete your application if applying from outside the US.

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Executive Master of Urban Planning

All USC Price candidates must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in order to apply. Because this is an executive degree, we prefer applicants who have work experience related to urban planning, real estate development, or the intersection of those fields. You should highlight that work experience and how it motivates your desire to pursue this degree in your application.

The USC Price Executive Master of Urban Planning online program is currently not authorized for students living in Arkansas, Minnesota, and Puerto Rico. To complete your application, you must submit the following:

» Resume. Your resume should include a summary of your academic background, your professional work history, and any other relevant work or volunteer experience you’d like to highlight. Five to seven years of relevant work experience are recommended, but not required, to apply.

» Official transcripts. We recommend that you request transcripts when beginning the application, as the turnaround time can vary from school to school. USC requires official transcripts from all postsecondary schools (Including community colleges) you have attended, regardless of transfers or whether a degree was earned. Your application processing may be delayed if you fail to submit all undergraduate transcripts. Transcript submission is a two-step process. Step 1. Upload scanned copies of official registrar-issued transcripts to the online application. Please note that these must be official transcripts printed on university letterhead. Printouts from online student portals are not acceptable. Step 2. Request an official registrar-issued transcript be sent to the USC Office of Graduate Admissions.

USC accepts official electronic transcripts from all countries, provided that the transcript originates from a secure site formally linked to the sending institution. Please instruct the vendor to email the transcript to [email protected]. Do not send any other materials or correspondence to this email address yourself. If your university does not offer e-transcripts, advise the university to send a sealed official transcript.

If sending your transcripts via regular mail,
University of Southern California
USC Office of Graduate Admission
3601 South Flower Street, Room 112
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0915
If sending your transcripts via courier service, such as DHL or FedEx,
University of Southern California
USC Office of Graduate Admission and Financial Aid
3601 South Flower Street, Tyler 112
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0915

» Statement of purpose. Your statement should be approximately 1,000 words. You will be asked to describe your path to USC Price, including what prepared you to succeed in the program and why you chose it. You should describe how your career experience relates to the goals and objectives of the Executive Master of Urban Planning.

» Letters of Recommendation. We require two recommendation letters. These should come from professionals in your field who can provide meaningful input on your previous work experience and career goals. A letter of recommendation from a professor, faculty member, and/or academic adviser who can provide meaningful input regarding your academic record is also welcome. Many applicants submit two references from professional contacts.
We only accept recommendation letters through the application portal. In the Program Materials section, enter the names and email addresses of the two people you would like to write your recommendation letters. The system will email a link to your recommender to upload their letter.

» Application fee. There is a nonrefundable application fee of $90. USC offers several options for graduate application fee waivers. Click here to learn more.

» International Student Requirements. Please refer to USC’s Office of Graduate Admissions website for additional items required for international students to apply. On this page you will find a comprehensive checklist to complete your application if applying from outside the US.

Are you ready to start your application? Begin Today »

Deadlines

Master of Public Administration

Term Spring 2023 Summer 2023 Fall 2023
Early/Priority Deadline 9/15 1/15 5/15
Dean’s Merit Scholarship Deadline 10/15 2/15 6/15
Professional Scholarship & Financial Aid Deadline 11/15 3/15 7/15
Final Deadline 12/1 4/1 8/1
Term Start 1/4/2023 5/3/2023 8/30/2023

Executive Master of Urban Planning

Term Spring 2023 Summer 2023 Fall 2023
Early/Priority Deadline 10/15 2/15 6/15
Financial Aid Deadline 11/15 3/15 7/15
Final Deadline 12/1 4/1 8/1
Term Start 1/4/2023 5/3/2023 8/30/23

Information Sessions

Master of Public Administration

Register below to join MPA faculty, students, and alumni for live information sessions to learn more about the application process, financial services, and program curriculum.

Click here to play the Why Apply to USC MPA video
Topic Date Time Register
Faculty Roundtable 9/13/22 12:00pm PT Register
Program Overview 9/24/22 11:00am PT Register
Alumni Roundtable 10/4/22 6:00pm PT Register
Program Overview 10/25/22 12:00pm PT Register
Thought Leadership 11/1/22 6:00pm PT Register
Program Overview 11/15/22 6:00pm PT Register
Capstone Webinar 12/6/22 6:00pm PT Register

For information on pending webinars, please email Leonard Slutsky at [email protected].

Executive Master of Urban Planning

Register below to meet Urban Planning faculty, students, and alumni and learn more about the application process, financial services, and program curriculum.

Click here to play the Why Apply to USC Urban Planning video

 

Topic Date Time Register
Faculty, Alumni, and Student Roundtable 8/23/22 6:00pm PT Register
Program Overview 9/20/22 6:00pm PT Register
Application Deadline Q&A 10/11/22 6:00pm PT Register
Program Overview 10/25/22 6:00pm PT Register
Faculty, Alumni, and Student Roundtable 11/8/22 6:00pm PT Register
Application Deadline Q&A 11/22/22 6:00pm PT Register

For information on pending webinars, please email Leonard Slutsky at [email protected]

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