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University of Southern California (USC) is one of the world's leading private research universities. Established in 1880, it is also one of the oldest. With a strong tradition of integrating liberal and professional education, USC fosters a vibrant culture of public service and encourages students to cross academic as well as geographic boundaries in their pursuit of knowledge.

With 17 graduate and professional schools, the number of graduate and professional students exceeded the number of undergraduates in 2012-13 (18,000 undergrads, 22,000 graduate and professional) in more than 340 master’s, certificate, doctoral and professional degree programs.

Graduate students at USC are key members of the university’s community of scholars, contributing diverse viewpoints and fresh insights that are poised to make their mark on the theories, systems, inventions, public policy and creative work of the 21st century.

The University of Southern California’s Master of Public Administration online program is designed to educate the next generation of leaders who can solve tomorrow's most pressing issues—from:

  • Environment to healthcare reform
  • Immigration
  • Infrastructure
  • Urban development
Individuals enter the program as students and prepare to graduate as change agents. Offered by the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, this online master's program takes a different approach—to teach students how to view management and policy issues through the lens of social entrepreneurship. Students enjoy a contemporary curriculum that blends cutting-edge research and practical experience with problem-solving strategies. Beyond the core courses, students are encouraged to dig deeper into their area of interest by selecting one of the following concentrations: government management, nonprofit management, or public management.

The University of Southern California’s online Master of Science in Applied Psychology program teaches the application of psychology in business, primarily in the fields of marketing, research and human resources. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, market research positions are projected to grow 41 percent from 2010 to 2020. USC’s Applied Psychology online program prepares students to make a transition in their career and explore opportunities in a variety of fields such as marketing, communications, advertising, public relations, social media, human resources management, organizational development, career coaching, recruiting, and more. Here are the following specializations for the USC Master of Science in Applied Psychology:

  • General
  • Consumer Psychology
  • Organizational Psychology

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