USC Price School of Public Policy

Master of Planning/Master of Arts in International Relations

The Price School of Public Policy and the School of International Relations jointly offer a three-year program leading to both M.A. and MPL degrees

Requirements
Students pursuing the dual degree program must complete 56 units, including 24 units in the School of International Relations and 32 units in the Price School of Public Policy. Students may extend the dual degree program to four years. Applicants must apply to the Price School of Public Policy and the School of International Relations and meet both schools’ admission requirements.

International Relations

  • International Policy Analysis (IR 517) – 4 units

Students select one functional course from the following:

  • Conflict and Cooperation (IR 502) – 4 units
  • Culture, Gender and Global Society (IR 509) – 4 units
  • Introduction to Foreign Policy Analysis (IR 521) – 4 units
  • Politics of the World Economy (IR 541) – 4 units

Students also take one four-unit course that focuses on a specific region.

Three IR electives (12 units)

Policy, Planning, and Development

  • Intersectoral Leadership (PPD 500) – 2 units
  • Economics for Policy, Planning, and Development (PPD 501a) – 2 units
  • Planning Theory (PPD 524) – 2 units
  • Statistics and Arguing Data (PPD 525) – 2 units
  • Comparative International Development (PPD 526) – 2 units
  • The Social Context of Planning (PPD 527) – 2 units
  • Legal Environment of Planning (PPD 529) – 2 units
  • Planning History and Urban Form (PPD 533) – 2 units

Planning Studios
Students complete 8 units of PPD 531L (4,4).

Electives
Students take 8 units of elective courses in planning (including one methods class) within the Price School of Public Policy.

Additional Requirements
Dual degree students, like all other MPL students, must take a comprehensive examination and fulfill the internship requirement. Students in the dual degree program must complete a substantive paper or alternative project. The requirements, standards and evaluation procedure for the substantive paper are identical to those listed for the M.A. in International Relations except that one member of the examining committee must come from the Price School of Public Policy.