Sol Price School of Public Policy at University of Southern California
Why you should consider this program
The mission of the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy is to improve the quality of life for people and their communities, here and abroad. The school achieves this mission through education and research that promote innovative solutions to the most critical issues facing society. Over the past 85 years, the Price School has earned the public trust by creating path-breaking research and scholarship. We believe it is our ethical responsibility to continue serving our global community at the highest level of excellence. The Price Schools academic programs prepare students with the knowledge and distinctive opportunities to make meaningful contributions within their fields. Sustainability, healthcare, immigration, infrastructure, urban development, social policy, affordable housing, and governance _ these are just a few of the modern challenges that require leaders who look beyond their area of expertise to find the most effective solutions. Esteemed faculty, an innovative curriculum, and our abundance of resources have earned the Price School a reputation of excellence. In fact, the School was recently ranked #3 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. Most important, USC Price graduates are creating positive influence on society by shaping public policy that improves quality of life.
Benefits for Coverdell Fellows
|Tuition/fees for Complete Program||Value of Coverdell Fellowship||Net cost *|
|In state||$ 89,500||$ 10,000||$ 79,500|
|Out of state||$ 89,500||$ 10,000||$ 79,500|
Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from
The Fellowship is a $10,000 tuition scholarship ($5,000 per year, renewable for a second year assuming satisfactory academic progress). Students are eligible to receive additional Dean's Merit Scholarship funding that increase the Fellowship to a half or full tuition award.
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Application fee waived?Yes
Peace Corps Fellows at USC Price complete an internship that benefits an underserved community. With Los Angeles in our backyard, students have partnered with schools, nonprofit organizations and agencies near the university integrating classroom instruction with real-world learning experience. The Price School recognizes that tomorrows leaders must be adept in addressing issues that arise both locally and globally, connecting students with internship opportunities within their chosen field of study. Some examples of internship placements are: Adult Literacy Program--Los Angeles Public Library Arizona Immigration and Refugee Services Asian Pacific American Dispute Resolution Center Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles (CRA/LA) Community Based Learning Collaborative/Joint Education Project International Rescue Committee/City Heights Office Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Students First Teach for America
Jobs for program alumni
City of Los Angeles Mayor's Office, Grant SpecialistCommunity Partners, Program ManagerLegislative Department City of Long Beach, Field Office ManagerMovePray International, FounderPeace Corps, RecruiterProgram for Torture Victims, Research AssistantU.S. Department of State, Assistant Public Affairs Officer Virginia Housing Alliance, AmeriCorps VISTA Leader
A USC Graduate Application, transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, official copy of test scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), USC Price Supplemental Form (complete through the Graduate On-line Applications), current resume, three letters of recommendation, Statement of Purpose and USC Price Scholarship Application Form (if you wish to be considered for USC Price-sponsored scholarships)
For Returned Peace Corps Volunteers who were recalled to the U.S. as a result of COVID-19, the Price School has extended our scholarship deadline to May 15, for fall 2020 admission to the MHA, MNLM, MPA, MUP, and MPP programs. The minimum $5K scholarship will be increased to a half tuition scholarship and is renewable for a second year assuming satisfactory academic progress.
Due to the impact of COVID-19, the MPA program will waive the GRE test requirement for the remainder of the Fall 2020 graduate admission cycle.
To apply for the scholarship, please complete the Dean’s Merit Scholarship Application which is part of the USC Graduate Application for Admission.
For application fee waiver, please visit the following website: https://gradadm.usc.edu/lightboxes/us-students-fee-waivers/
Check "Peace Corps Affiliation" under "Agency Affiliation" on the Graduate Application.
- Online degree program
- Option to pursue degree part time while receiving the Coverdell Fellowship
The Master of Public Administration may be completed online; students may complete some programs part-time.
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