USC adds to its online master's education portfolio Students can now earn an online master’s degree in public administration from the University of Southern California’s (USC) School of Policy, Planning and Development (SPPD) after school officials announced the program will launch in the fall of 2011.

The newly announced public administration program is part of the online programs lineup USC will offer next fall. The school also offers online degrees in geographic information science and technology as well as communication management.

“Offering increased access to a world-class graduate program like the MPA through online learning is especially critical today, as communities face rapid change, environmental and security risks, and limited governmental resources,” said Jack Knott, dean of SPPD.

Students who obtain this online degree have job opportunities as judges, financial specialists, court clerks, chief executives and legislators as well as city managers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that overall job prospects for people who hold this degree are expected to be favorable.

According to a 2008 report by the BLS, students who graduate with a master’s in public administration and who are elected as city managers can earn a six-figure income.

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