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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…

May 26, 2023

Public Administration Careers: The Top Jobs for Master’s Graduates

Those interested in pursuing a career in public administration can find a variety of roles in the public, nonprofit and even private sectors. This article was originally published by USC Online on May 24, 2023. Those working in the field of public administration are able to make positive, lasting impacts on their communities — and…

May 24, 2023

Urban Planning Master’s Graduate Provides Equitable Disaster Relief

Recent Executive Master of Urban Planning (EMUP) online graduate, Chrishelle Palay, spent the last two decades in the architecture field before she decided to pursue a different, related passion: housing policy advocacy. “I transitioned from architecture because I realized it wasn’t something I wanted to do anymore. Actually, Hurricane Ike kind of led to that…

May 18, 2023

Q&A: Florida MPA student Trina Uy wants to create change through education policy

Florida MPA student Trina Uy works for the City of Clearwater as an administrative assistant in the City Manager’s Office. Trina, who had never been to California let alone set foot on USC’s campus, applied for the Master of Public Administration online program after a two year commitment with Teach for America. After her experience…

May 17, 2023

Army Officer Looks to Transition to Government Role With Help From USC Price

During his time in the Army, Nicholas Brands held multiple leadership roles and had the opportunity to travel the world. While he appreciates the experience he gained throughout his military commitment, he was drawn to re-enter the civilian workforce. So, Brands enrolled in the USC Price Master of Public Administration (MPA) program online to complement…

May 15, 2023

Graduate Uses Real Estate Expertise to Combat Homelessness

USC Executive Master of Urban Planning (EMUP) alum Frank Byrd recently began working as the coordinator of unit acquisitions for the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA). Originally a scholar of philosophy and fine arts, Byrd shifted his studies to the real estate and urban planning sector during the pandemic. Seeking to expand his knowledge…

May 11, 2023

USC Price student landed job at Meta while studying online

In addition to earning her Master of Public Administration degree online, Hannah Wills spent the last two years moving between states, switching jobs, getting married, and having a baby – all while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. “She’s an exceptional student,” said Dora Kingsley Vertenten, professor and faculty director of the USC Price MPA Online. Hannah…

May 5, 2023

Why do so many new apartment buildings seemingly look the same?

Boxy mid-rise structures known as “podium” apartments have cropped up across the country. From Nashville to Los Angeles, the structures look the same – typically including retail stores or parking on the first floor – which draws the ire of neighbors and some architecture critics who find the buildings bland or downright ugly. “I think…

May 1, 2023

MPA Program Supports Advancement of Military and Post-Military Careers

Master of Public Administration helps continue service through military and civilian careers MPA Online Benefits for Active Duty and Veterans Serving in the military provides unique experiences and skills that are highly valued in public administration. Active duty military personnel and veterans from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard can pursue a…

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