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April 10, 2024

Maximizing Military Spouse Education Benefits: Support, Scholarships, and More

There are a range of resources available to the military community designed specifically to support the educational aspirations and professional development of military spouses. Online graduate programs, scholarships, and financial aid are available to meet the specific needs of military families.  The complexities of higher education for military spouses Military spouses face unique challenges due…

April 2, 2024

MPA vs. MBA: Which Degree Is Best for Your Career Path?

MPA and MBA degrees both emphasize leadership skills and crucial aspects of business, but they offer two distinct career outcomes.

March 21, 2024

The State of California Hospitals after COVID-19 

The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted operations and severely impacted the finances of California hospitals. Since then hospitals continue to grapple with strained profit margins, with some forced to shutter or declare bankruptcy. Glenn Melnick, professor and Blue Cross of California Chair in Health Care Finance speaks on the current problem entrenched in the healthcare system. Melnick,…

March 11, 2024

Federal government shutdowns: implications for employees and agencies

In 2023, as the U.S. government moved towards another shutdown, USC Price faculty were researching government shutdown repercussions on government employees and federal agencies. Their findings suggested that the effects of a shutdown could include negative impacts on job retention and morale. Government shutdown repercussions: impact on federal workers According to Associate Professor William G….

March 6, 2024

What is Public Administration?

Public administration is an essential part of an effective government, focusing on the implementation of policy and programs, resource management, and service delivery to drive societal progress. In this guide, we’ll explore what public administration entails, provide examples of what you can do with an MPA degree, and highlight different public administration jobs.   What is…

February 9, 2024

California 2024 Primary Senate Race: why does it matter?

Absence of incumbent Senator Feinstein sparks a competitive contest in the California 2024 Primaries. USC Price experts explain how a unique system could lead to two democrats facing off in the Fall on issues like housing and abortion.  The race to replace the late U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein has become highly competitive and may lead…

January 17, 2024

How to start a personal statement for grad school

A well-written personal statement showcases an applicant’s unique qualities, experiences, and aspirations to the admissions committee. This guide will help you start the process of writing an effective personal statement for grad school, providing valuable tips to help you stand out from the crowd. Get started Begin the writing process early to allow ample time…

December 18, 2023

Q&A: MPA Online helps Career Shift to Nonprofit Consulting

Steve Ozinga from Grand Rapids, Michigan uses MPA Online degree for mid-life career change into nonprofit consulting.

November 9, 2023

The Upside of High Gasoline Prices (Yes, they do exist)

Even though gas prices have fallen since their peak in 2022, when Russia’s invasion of Ukraine caused prices to spike, filling up at the pump can still feel like a major financial commitment.  In fact, however, the price of gas has remained remarkably stable when adjusted for inflation, peaking in recent history not last year…

October 17, 2023

What does an admissions counselor do? How they can help

An admissions counselor’s primary role is to provide information, guidance, and support tailored to prospective students’ academic and career goals as they navigate through the university application process. They also have the responsibility to evaluate applicants and assess their compatibility with the program’s enrollment standards. Their expertise allows them to identify promising candidates who demonstrate…

How to get letters of recommendation for grad school

Applying to graduate school is a significant milestone. Compelling letters of recommendation, which play a crucial role in being admitted to the program, are critical to a strong application. These letters provide valuable insights into an applicant’s character, achievements, and potential. Here are some effective strategies on how to get letters of recommendation for grad…

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