USC Price School of Public Policy

Dual Degree: Master of Public Administration / Juris Doctor


USC offers a rigorous dual degree program in which students may earn the USC Price MPA and the USC Gould School of Law J.D. degrees in approximately four years.

The program encourages law students to build interrelated professional competencies in administration across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Those enrolled take law courses exclusively during their first year and a combination of public administration and law courses during the following three years.

Students may not first enroll in the MPA and then apply to the MPA/JD.

To earn the dual degree, students must complete 97 units of coursework, including 65 units of Gould Law courses and 32 units of Price Public Administration courses.

Public Administration
Public Administration and Society (PPD 540) – 4 units
Economics for Policy, Planning and Development (PPD 501ab) – 2-2 units
Intersectoral Leadership (PPD 500) – 2 units
Public Financial Management and Budgeting (PPD 541*) – 4 units
Professional Practice of Public Administration (PPD 546) – 4 units
Human Behavior in Public Organizations (PPD 545) – 4 units

Student take one course from the following:
Policy and Program Evaluation (PPD 542*) – 4 units
Modeling and Operations Research (PPD 557*) – 4 units
Administration Research and Analysis (PPD 666*) – 4 units

In addition, students complete 6 units of electives.

* The Statistics prerequisite must be satisfied before enrolling in PPD 541, 542, 557 or 666.