USC Price School

IPPAM Program

The International Public Policy and Management (IPPAM) program is a premier program for early to mid-career professionals interested in working cross-culturally and cross-sectorally with colleagues from around the world in an immersive environment.

At a Glance


Alumni around the World

IPPAM Graduates are tackling the vexing issues that challenge governments, business leaders, and broader society around the world, serving as your professional network.


Years of History since 1998

Established in 1998, the IPPAM program emphasizes a practical approach, blending a student’s individualized study plan with academic knowledge and real-world applications.


Countries Represented

Students are drawn from 11-14 countries each year, which facilitates comparative study of public policy across various geographic settings.  The differences and shared values of students make IPPAM a special program.


Total Units Required

A total of 32 units is required to complete the degree.  In building an area of concentration, students may choose elective courses offered by other degree programs in the Price School or other professional schools at USC.

USC Sol Price School of Public Policy National Rankings


       Best Public Affairs Schools

                                      (Source: U.S. News & World Report, 2023)

Available Graduate Level Courses
More than 100 courses are available in the Price School for students pursuing a master’s degree. Click to see more


Faculty Members in Price School
More than 80 USC Price School faculty are distinguished scholars and professionals who share a deep and abiding commitment to research and teaching. To provide a solid foundation for policy, planning, and management, IPPAM offers exceptional faculty who orient their focus to international students. Click to see more


12 IPPAM degree concentrations for Professional and Career Development
IPPAM students can customize their educational and professional objectives by selecting from 12 areas of concentration. Price faculty research fosters much of the expertise that supports these concentrations. Click to see more


IPPAM provides opportunities for project-based learning with multi-cultural team members.


IPPAM’s global reach is enhanced by more than 850 graduates who work in government, nonprofit organizations and private business entities, many of which are multinational.


IPPAM is a hybrid cohort model that enables students to customize the curriculum around a solid core. While it’s designed to be completed in two years, students may accelerate their progress to finish sooner.


Today, more than ever, the International Public Policy and Management (IPPAM) degree is essential.  


IPPAM’s interdisciplinary approach builds on the diverse sectors and professions represented in the IPPAM student body. This approach is instrumental in advancing critical thinking and problem-solving skills in and out of the classroom.


IPPAM is designed to provide current and future policy makers and leaders with the knowledge and skills to develop a more holistic view as they lead in today’s ever changing world.


Representing 135 countries, international students comprise a quarter of USC’s population and add to the diversity of perspectives and knowledge on campus. IPPAM has drawn students from 40 countries, providing current students with a global network of alumni.

Congrats to Kenji Suemasa, Jisun Oh and Chung-Yu Fong for receiving the Dean's Merit Award 2022. The Dean’s Merit Award recognizes the top 5% of the USC Price master’s students of their class.
IPPAM students welcomes the new USC President, Dr. Carol l. Folt, standing in the center