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#2022APPAM Spotlight: University of Southern California, Price School of Public Policy


The #2022APPAM Fall Research Conference will feature some fantastic sponsors from across the policy research spectrum. Today we're shining a spotlight on the University of Southern California, Price School of Public Policy.


What types of programs does your school offer?

The Price School offers graduate and undergraduate programs in public policy, public administration, health policy and management, nonprofit management, real estate development, and urban planning.

Most students attend residential programs at the University Park Campus in Los Angeles. Three of our graduate programs are offered as online programs, and our MPA is also offered as a hybrid program at our State Capitol Center in Sacramento.

Undergraduate Programs

  • Bachelor of Science, Public Policy
  • Bachelor of Science, Urban Studies and Planning
  • Bachelor of Science, Real Estate Development

Master’s Programs

  • Master of Health Administration
  • Executive Master of Health Administration – Online
  • Master of Nonprofit Leadership and Management
  • Executive Master of Leadership
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Public Administration – Online
  • Master of Public Policy
  • Master of Science in Public Policy Data Science
  • Master of International Public Policy and Management
  • Dollinger Master of Real Estate Development
  • Master of Urban Planning
  • Executive Master of Urban Planning – Online

Doctoral Programs

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Public Policy and Management (Ph.D.)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Urban Planning and Development (Ph.D.)
  • Doctor of Policy, Planning, and Development (DPPD)

USC Price also offers several specialized executive education and leadership programs, as well as graduate certificate programs.

Why should potential students choose your school or program?

USC Price appeals to students who value a top-ranked policy program that emphasizes evidence-based research to overcome real-world challenges and advance social justice – all in one of the country’s most dynamic urban hubs.

For more than 90 years, the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy has sought to improve the quality of life for people and communities through path-breaking research and scholarship. The Price School is home to more than a dozen affiliated research centers that focus on everything from homelessness policy to health care. Students attending the Price School can earn the compelling opportunity to assist in some of these centers’ prolific research, or join a faculty member on in-progress research studies. This type of direct experience is second-to-none. Read more about our faculty’s distinguished research, here.  

The concept of “knowledge in action” is a theme across all of our programs. Price School faculty and students research a wide array of contemporary policy issues, from social policy and justice, to  sustainability, economic development, transportation, and more.

USC Price is located in the heart of Los Angeles – a global city representing more than 140 nationalities and 200 languages, making it one of the most diverse and vibrant cities in the world. Thanks to this location, USC Price students can expand their networks to include the top leaders of local public, private and nonprofit organizations. They work with these visionaries as a part of class and capstone projects. At the student-to-student level, there are options to participate in our engaging student body, with 15 Price student organizations and opportunities for leadership roles.  

In the undergraduate and two-year master’s programs, students work on team-based consulting projects for organizations on real-time management, policy or urban planning problems. Students interested in global issues are encouraged to participate in exchange programs or in our international labs, where they will serve as consultants to a client in a foreign country.

From degree to career, Price School students are supported every step of the way. Through our Career Services professional development programs, workshops, networking events, and job fairs, Price School students compete well on the job market and attain prestigious post-graduate placements. Upon graduation, Price alumni go on to shape society through their engagement in public policy to improve the quality of life for communities worldwide.

To learn more about how the Price School can help you achieve your professional goals through our top-ranked, accredited programs, click here.

If you are hiring (faculty) what makes your school a great place to work?

The mission of the Sol Price School of Public Policy is to improve the quality of life for people and their communities, here and abroad.  We achieve this through education and research that promote innovative solutions to the most critical issues facing society, with a particular focus on governance, urban development, and social policy.  

Our distinctive composition of academic degree programs and interdisciplinary research makes the Price School a great place to work. USC is one of the world’s premiere research universities, and the Price School is a major contributor to the university’s reputation.  Our school supports an array of thematic research centers with $80 million in active sponsored research, ranking third overall in funded research at USC on a per-faculty basis.

Price School faculty are distinguished scholars and professionals who share a deep and abiding commitment to research and teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. As a top-tier academic enterprise within the global community of Los Angeles, the Price School is a dynamic place to teach and pursue research.

What is your teaching/research divide?

Tenure-track faculty positions have an expectation of teaching, research, and service. Profiles may vary depending on rank. Typically, faculty teach a 4-course load while developing a distinguished research record and providing school and university service. The Price School promotes research productivity through a generous course buyout policy available to all faculty. Non-tenure track positions primarily emphasize teaching or research activities along with service obligations.

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