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July 8, 2024

Q&A: MPA Online gives hard working mom the skills to land job at one of the big four consulting firms 

Katherine Cooley is a senior consultant at Deloitte, focusing on regulatory and compliance issues for government clients. She graduated from the USC Price Master of Public Administration online in 2018 with a concentration in city and county management. Cooley reflects on her decision to pursue the MPA program online, her initial goal of becoming a…

June 18, 2024

USC Price grads win top award advising nonprofit choir

As Tony Domenick and Blake Nawa’a sang at venues across Colorado, they often dreamed of a more collaborative choir.  The professional singers usually worked with choirs run by a sole artistic director, resulting in poor solutions to rehearsal problems, less diverse musical repertoires, or little use of other experts. Domenick and Nawa’a imagined a choir…

June 13, 2024

USC price graduate supports foster youth with online master’s

Pivoting from a museum career to a role in the nonprofit sector, alumna Kate Kelly is using her Master of Public Administration (MPA) to enact change in foster care. Many people begin college with a dream job in mind, working throughout their undergraduate years to realize their career goals. Not everyone, however, finds satisfaction in…

June 4, 2024

From Private Sector to Public Service, USC Price Student Looks to ‘Make a Difference’

A day in the life of MPA Online student, Jarred Cornell as he navigates switching from the private sector to politics in his home state of Florida.

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…

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