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The latest news and highlights featuring students and faculty from the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy’s online programs.
Nonprofit Director Sharpens Social Justice Leadership With Online Master
Nonprofit Director Sharpens Social Justice Leadership With Online Master Priscilla Hung has been a vital force for positive social change for nearly 25 years — and counting. Her leadership in the nonprofit sector includes co-directing the Move to End Violence (MEV), a...
Q&A with EMUP Alum, Lance Gilliam
Lance Gilliam is a founding partner at Houston firm Waterman Steele Real Estate Advisors and is chair of the Coalition for the Homeless Houston board. He graduated from the USC Price Master of Urban Planning program online in 2021. Gilliam discusses how the EMUP...
Q&A with MPA Online Alum, Erica Robles
Erica Robles works for Tyto Athene, a federal contractor, and supports the United States Space Force in the special programs area. In 2018, she graduated from the USC Price Master of Public Administration program online as a double Trojan! Erica discusses the value of...
Q&A with EMUP Alum, Colin Montoute
Architect Colin Montoute works for the New York firm W X Y + architecture + urban design. He graduated from the USC Price Executive Master of Urban Planning program online in 2021. Montoute discusses how the EMUP degree provided a collaborative environment, helping...
Q&A with MPA Online Alum, Liz Oh
Liz Oh graduated from the USC Price Master of Public Administration program online in 2021. In this Q&A, Oh explains why she was motivated to pursue her MPA online and how she was able to quickly apply the skills and knowledge from the program to her career....
Deconstructing Burnout at the Intersections of Race, Gender, and Generation in Local Government
MPA Online Faculty Research: Deconstructing Burnout at the Intersections of Race, Gender, and Generation in Local Government MPA Online Associate Professor Bill Resh, along with Thai V. Le and Cynthia J. Barboza-Wilkes, examine the influence of individual identity on...
Q&A with EMUP Alum, Stefen Chraghchian
Stefen Chraghchian works for Marcus & Millichap as associate director of capital markets doing loan originations. He graduated from the USC Price Executive Master of Urban Planning program online in 2021. Chraghchian discusses how the EMUP degree provided a...
Q&A with MPA Online Alum, Annalee Habstritt
Annalee Habstritt is a community leader and author who graduated from the USC Price Master of Public Administration program online in 2017. Habstritt discusses her experience in the program, her award-winning capstone project, and which skills she was able to...
Q&A with EMUP Alum, Mike Lanza
Mike Lanza works for Path Ventures, which is the real estate development arm of PATH, a homeless services provider. He graduated from the USC Price Master of Urban Planning program online in 2021. Lanza discusses how the EMUP degree helped him to transition his...
Q&A with MPA Online Alum, Godfrey Gozos
Godfrey Gozos, budget analyst for the Los Angeles County Child Support Services Department, explains how local government leaders inspired him to pursue the USC Price Master of Public Administration online and how he completed the program while working full time....
Q&A with EMUP Alum, Alyssa Tullar
Alyssa Tullar works for the Air Force Civilian Service as a military based urban planner. She’s stationed on JBAB, the Joint Base Anacostia-BoLling, located in Washington, D.C. Tullar graduated from the USC Price Executive Master of Urban Planning program online in...
Online Master’s Students Forge Bonds, Inspire Change in USC Graduate Community
Bradley Jacob, an online MPA student, found that by taking advantage of every opportunity he was presented with at USC, he felt a deeper connection to the Trojan Family. (Photo: Courtesy of Bradley Jacob) When it comes to pursuing an online master’s degree, the...
Q&A with MPA Online Alum, Lynly Leeper
Lynly Leeper, Chief Financial & Operational Officer for Ysleta Independent School District - one of the top 30 largest school districts in Texas - discusses her experience in the Master of Public Administration program online and how the degree helped her...
How Houston Moved 25,000 People From the Streets Into Homes of Their Own
Mike Nichols, left, the president of the Coalition for the Homeless, and Lance Gilliam, the group’s chairman, are trying to persuade landlords to continue renting to tenants who lived in a shelter or on the street.Credit...Christopher Lee for The New York Times Over...
Q&A with MPA Online Alum, Christopher Himes
Christopher Himes works as an Assistant City Manager at Manassas Park, Virginia. He graduated from the USC Price Master of Public Administration program online in 2015. Himes explains how after years in the Navy, the program was the next step in his public service...
Hoping to Drive Change and Foster Community, USC Price Student Graduates with MPA Online
Amidst social distancing orders and lockdowns, Tiffany Chum decided to obtain a master’s degree online. She discovered the USC Price Master of Public Administration (MPA) program online, which was fully compatible with her work schedule and complemented her career...
Q&A with MPA Online Alum, Jannatara Zaman
Jannatara Zaman is an Employment Development Department liaison for an Assemblymember’s office in District 21. She graduated from the USC Price Master of Public Administration program online in 2019. Zaman discusses how the MPA degree helped her become an industry...
Setting Her Sights on a Future in Government, Alumna Returns to USC for Online Master’s
After completing her undergraduate studies at USC, Erica Robles decided to join the Master of Public Administration online program (MPAOL). “After I graduated, I entered the workforce and I told myself that within three years, I was going to go back to grad school,...
Air Force Veteran and USC Price Graduate Increases Affordable Housing in the Heartland
Despite already holding a law degree, a doctorate in education, an MBA, and master’s degrees in economics and political science, Troy Nash – at the recommendation of his business partner and daughter – chose to pursue his Executive Master of Urban Planning (EMUP)...
Q&A with MPA Online Alum, Nicole White-Gamble
White-Gamble discusses how the MPA degree helped her analyze and solve problems, which ultimately led to her becoming a senior leader in her organization.
Q&A with EMUP Professor and Alum, Beth Zollars
In her Q&A, Beth Zollars discusses the most impactful skills she learned and why she believes, both as an alumna and professor, that the program is so unique.
Passion & Dedication: Inside a Presidential Management Fellow’s Development
After graduating with an MPA, Bryce Steeves will pursue his career aspirations in the most prestigious fellowship available. Learn more in this article.
Why a Renowned Architect Chose USC’s Executive Master of Urban Planning
Award-winning architect Colin Montoute knew that he needed to become a well-rounded leader. Hear why he chose the online degree and how it helped his career.
The Executive Master of Urban Planning Online Degree, Explained
Learn why professor and faculty director Liz Falletta describes USC’s Executive Master of Urban Planning online degree as a unique and powerful program.
Supporting Voting Rights in America: How You Can Protect Our Voice
It’s a critical moment for voting rights in America. Learn more about the issue and how you can get involved from an award-winning USC professor.
MPA Online Capstone Research Shows ‘Safe Parking’ Programs Can Help Homeless
Three recent USC graduates produced award-winning research that supports and may ultimately alleviate homelessness. Take a look at their approach here.
MPA capstone research gets published in peer-reviewed journal
For the first time, an MPA capstone report was published in a peer-reviewed journal. Learn more about it and how graduates’ work will impact homeless services.
Haynes Award-winning capstone projects help music school, community sanctuary nonprofits plan for future
Master of Public Administration (MPA) online students at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy cap off their degrees with a capstone project that makes a real-world impact.
Executive Master of Urban Planning Online Students Visit USC for Intensive Study
After four months of virtual learning, the first-ever group of EMUP students met at USC to connect and collaborate on two major projects.
Award-winning MPA capstone project helps middle school program increase funding, expand
For four USC Price School of Public Policy students, their Master of Public Administration capstone project was an opportunity to make a tangible social contribution.
Award-winning MPA online student capstones address refugee perceptions, homeless services
The impact of USC Price’s Master of Public Administration online capstone projects expands far beyond the classroom.
USC’s MPA online student capstone projects tackle local, global issues
USC Price presents the John Randolph and Dora Haynes Foundation Award to an outstanding team of students in the Master of Public Administration (MPA) online program for their capstone project.
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