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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 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…

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.

September 27, 2023

State Comptroller and MPA Online Alum Works to Restore Hawaii after West Maui Fires

With thousands losing their homes during the West Maui fires, USC Price alum Keith Regan expresses sorrow and discusses recovery efforts.

July 11, 2023

Q&A: How MPA Michi Slaughter gained relationship building skills in pursuit of career growth

Michi Slaughter has worked for the City of Los Angeles for 20 years because of her background in information technology, she was concerned about a lack of a policy regarding data and strategic planning.

July 5, 2023

Q&A: How MPA Veronica Frazier is chasing her goal of starting a nonprofit organization

MPAOL Graduate 23′ Veronica Frazier who was interested in starting her own NGO discusses how the program provided the skill se needed to move forward in her career.

June 27, 2023

Q&A with Priscilla Hung: Learning to analyze social issues from an economic lens

Priscilla Hung, co-director of Move to End Violence, discusses why after years of working in the nonprofit sector she selected MPAOL.

June 19, 2023

MPA grad succeeds in Port of San Diego government relations

When COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns rolled out, Aimee Heim saw an opportunity to invest in herself and pursue a graduate degree. She enrolled in the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) program online, which provided flexibility to work on class assignments, continue her role overseeing grants and government relations at…

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