University of Southern California Graduate Program Reviews

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81%
of students recommend
(3.96 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 21 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

4.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2018

The MPP program USC's Sol Price is a top program for good reason. The curriculum is challenging, in-depth, and pertinent to real life. The professors are accomplished, engaged, and willing to help students. The program also provides many opportunities for educational and leadership development outside of the classroom.
3.4 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2014

USC is a great university to attend if you know what you what to do after you graduate. That way, you can maximize your time during graduate school.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2017

Pros: - well rounded curriculum - established faculty -CAHME accredited -1,000 hour residency - connections with several healthcare facilities in the Los Angeles area - Plenty of internship sites - Plenty of financial aid options Cons : - the cost of the program
4.25 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2016

Great program at a great school. Great connections with alumni and their support was unexpected, yet very much appreciated and helpful. Faculty is great! Very happy with my choice to attend USC.
4.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2015

I think the best pro of my graduate program is the Trojan Network. Our program puts on several events throughout the year to help build our professional growth and our professional network. Our program is also very focused on ensuring we leave this program with a great position. Our program is very focused on the professional growth of the students and helps connect them with key healthcare players in Southern California. Now, I would say a con is the lack of response we get back from professors. This does not happen all the time, however, it does happen quite frequently. Many of the professors in our program are top leaders in their fields, however, this sometimes takes away from their availability to respond to us. It's great that we are being taught by these leaders, however, if we are not able to actively engage them then that can be an issue. I think this is definitely something that the Director of our program acknowledges and is working hard to fix. The program director actively seeks feedback from students and does his best to act on issues immediately.
3.25 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2014

Pro: Good program and network. Con: Bad location.
4.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2016

USC - Price School of Public Policy's MHA program is outstanding. The best part of joining the USC family is the faculty and alumni from this program take a personal interest in you and make themselves and valuable resources readily available (i.e. internship, fellowship opportunities; career and job postings, etc). I am extremely happy with my decision to attend this university and absolutely love the city of LA.
4.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2015

The Public Policy program at Price is a rigorous program that will properly equip you with the quantitative and analytic tools you will need as a future policy professional. The power of the Trojan network is evident through the amazing job the Price Office of Career Services does in constantly sending students networking opportunities, job postings, and professional development events. The one big criticism I have of the school is the lack of class offerings on social justice and equity as it relates to policy. As a leading program in policy analysis, it's crucial for the school to keep up with its peers in these increasingly relevant areas of policy analysis. Outside of the classroom, the downtown Los Angeles area provides students with a great place to relax and enjoy the social scene of the city.
1.58 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2014

Pros: network established program Cons: facilities needs a Facebook curriculum needs an update
4.42 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2015

The Master of Urban Planning and Master of Public Policy programs at USC Sol Price School provide excellent foundations for students to transition from academia to professions in planning and policy. USC has ample resources to connect students to many related fields and opportunities, with strong faculty and research endeavors to complement student coursework. Though USC is a beautiful campus with premier facilities, its location south of downtown Los Angeles can discourage strong town-gown relations. Given the context of USC as a private research university in Los Angeles and the content of the Price programs, there may not be a better opportunity for students to engage with current urban affairs.
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