University of Southern California Graduate Program Reviews

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93%
of students recommend
(4.15 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 14 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC, + 3 more
  • Programmatic Accreditation: AACSB, + 9 more
  • Campus Setting: City: Large
  • Student Population: 43,401 (18,810 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 9 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 22% part-time, 78% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $40,670
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

4.79 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Administration
Graduation Year: 2017

The USC Price School of Public Policy provides its graduate students with professors, career services, and networks of the highest quality. With a BA from an Ivy League University, I can say with confidence that USC manages to remain competitive, while instilling confidence within its students in order to thrive. Beyond the level of academics, USC has a network that far surpasses that of other programs and is one of the main reasons one should attend graduate school at USC.
3.75 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Administration
Graduation Year: 2016

The USC campus is extremely beautiful and safe. Although areas outside the gates of campus can be suspect. The MHA program is extremely competitive to get into and the education and faculty quality are very good. The workload in the first year is very doable and the residency in the second year adds to the overall experience. The Trojan network is very important and such a great resource. They want you to come out of the program with a job offer. Overall, I have enjoyed my time at the Sol Price school and I look forward to continuing my education at USC.
3.96 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Administration
Graduation Year: 2016

So far, I have very much enjoyed being an MPA student. The curriculum is rigorous yes, but the support from fellow students, as well as from staff and faculty helps make it manageable. The MPA at USC Price is truly a top program that applies practice into theory. You'll be given real-life situations from what you learn in the classroom and I couldn't be happier. I would say a slight con would be that their financial aid can be a bit tight, especially for students that don't receive merit-based aid. In addition, I hope USC will implement more social-justice type courses into their curriculum, especially at the Price School. Overall, this MPA program at USC Price is the real deal! Fight On!
4.54 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Administration
Graduation Year: 2016

The pro of the program is that it is one of the best programs for a Master of Public Administration in the country. There are no current cons I can come up with.
4.88 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Administration
Graduation Year: 2016

I start grad school at USC in Spring 2015. I already completed my Bachelor's deg from San Jose State U in '98 and am currently taking 1 prerequisite class at College of Alameda for my application to USC grad school. Thanks.
4.54 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Administration
Graduation Year: 2016

USC offers excellent networking opportunities and career services. I get personalized attention from staff and faculty and feel like I'm part of a family here. It's thrilling to be among so many diverse and passionate people. The neighborhood is getting better, but still is not great. It is expensive, but an all together good value and investment.
4.43 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Administration
Graduation Year: 2016

Great program for those of us who need to keep working while attending. Don't let that previous statement throw you though. This program is as rigorous as it comes. Be prepared to work as hard as you ever worked. 2 years in this program and you walk down the aisle with the best training and real world experience you can get in a grad program. An added major benefit is the legendary USC network. You can travel pretty much anywhere on this planet and know that there is a Trojan who has your back if you run into trouble. Fight On!
3.89 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Administration
Graduation Year: 2015

Faculty and staff are always willing to help. One of the best features that Price has to offer is the fact that it has its own career services office which means all the information received is geared toward the program of study. The course selection is great and there are plenty of opportunities to get involved and to immediately start networking. Program is expensive and financial aid consists primarily of loans--however, it is definitely worth it.
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