Public administrators help to address many of our nation’s most pressing issues. These professionals are experts at identifying community and organizational improvements and implementing change—across all sectors—while running government agencies, nonprofits, and nongovernmental organizations.

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Master of Public Administration

The Master of Public Administration online degree is for working professionals looking to make a social impact while advancing in their current field, as well as for passion-driven individuals looking to make a career shift into the public or nonprofit sector. Our prestigious, nationally recognized program provides valuable training you can immediately apply in the workplace to make an impact.

Our primary mission is to prepare professionals, such as yourself, for public service leadership positions and improve the management of public and nonprofit organizations.

USC Price offers an immersive and engaging multimedia curriculum, taught by expert faculty, that can be completed in as few as two years as you build analytical, political, and communication abilities—a comprehensive approach unlike any other program.

Learn more about the Master of Public Administration online degree program:

Format: Online

Duration: 24 Months


2 Certificate Options

2 Residencies

1 Capstone

Next Application Deadline: 8/1/2021

Fall Classes Start Date: 9/1/2021

Career Outcomes

In recent years, our graduates have gravitated to diverse career opportunities:


Nonprofit Domestic


Private Sector


City/County/Local Government


State/Provincial/Regional Government


Federal Government


International Government/NGO


Recent Nonprofit Positions Taken:

Board of Directors Member
Executive Director
Grants Administrator
Social and Community Services Director
Postsecondary Education Administrator
Financial Literacy Advocate

Recent Government Positions Taken:

City Manager / Deputy City Manager
Community Development Director
Intelligence Officer / Senior Law Enforcement
Fire Chief
Director, Office of the Assessor
Public Information Officer
Management Analyst
Strategic Project Manager
Emergency Management Coordinator

Recent Military Positions Taken:

Navy Lieutenant Commander
International Program Officer (U.S. Army)
Analyst (U.S. Department of Homeland Security)
Legal Administrator (U.S. Army)
Project Specialist (U.S. Navy)

Recent Public Policy Positions Taken:

Legislator Senior Legislative Aide
Government Affairs Director
Public Affairs Manager
Director of Development
Senior Field Representation, State Senate Office
Deputy State Director, U.S. Senator
Deputy District Director, U.S. House of Representatives

Recent Private Sector Positions Taken:

Chief Operating Officer
Managing Director
Research Director
Research Operations Administrator
Human Resources Director
Protocol Officer
Corporate Affairs Director
Public Affairs Officer
System Deputy Compliance and Privacy Officer

Why USC Price

Our multifaceted, NASPAA-accredited Master of Public Administration online program is top ranked nationally. Our program delivery (emphasizing the digital transformation occurring in public administration), expert faculty, dedicated cohort coaches, and extensive alumni network all work collectively to establish you as an agent of change.

Are you ready to start your application?

“A lot of other programs I’ve been in try to make you into one specific type of leader. This program allows you to choose what type of leader you want to be.”

Trenton Jackson

USC MPA 2016 Graduate, Online Program

Are you ready to form your future?

Call (877)-699-2013, email, or fill out our form to request more information.