Prepare to serve in government and nonprofits through rigorous study of public administration and policymaking, minutes from the seat of state government.
Whether you are transitioning to a public service role or aiming for career advancement, our accredited master’s degree program in public administration will help you build your professional network and gain valuable experience through internships and a capstone project. An accelerated MPA is available to USC undergraduates.
Learn in a program that is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration.
Benefit from our program's job placement rate, which typically exceeds 90 percent, with graduates working in government and nonprofits.
Add highly marketable skills to your resume with a concentration in emergency management and planning.
Expand your opportunities with additional education from a joint degree program in law, social work or public health.
What You’ll Study
Courses include organizational theory and practice, human resource management, public finance, public policymaking, public data analysis, and public ethics and accountability. Learn from scholars and practitioners in public policy and administration, gain experience in an internship, and analyze a contemporary public problem with a capstone project.
Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.
Directing and overseeing the activities and resources to achieve specific goals
Examining and interpreting information to uncover insights and inform decision making
Evaluating policies for effectiveness and impact, identify areas for improvement, and inform decision-making
Applying critical thinking and analytical skills to make informed and effective decisions
Overseeing operations, managing resources and implementing policies for efficient and effective organizational functioning
Planning, prioritizing and managing tasks and resources to achieve specific objectives
Using your degree
Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.
- Project Manager
- Public Administrator
- Policy or Budget Analyst
- Outreach Coordinator