USC Price School of Public Policy

Master of Planning/Master of Business Administration

The Master of Planning/Master of Business Administration dual degree program enables students to understand the conduct and requirements of business, accounting, corporate and strategic planning, real estate marketing and finance. Students gain expertise in public policy, city planning and the interpretation of government regulations. Exposure to both fields becomes an educational as well as a professional asset for careers in either public service or private enterprise. This dual degree program normally requires five semesters in residence.

Requirements
Students must complete a total of 84 units for the dual degree including 48 units of work in the Marshall School of Business and 36 units in the Price School of Public Policy. Required courses that must be taken in the Marshall School of Business include all courses required in a M.B.A. core program and graduate business electives sufficient to bring the total units completed in the Marshall School of Business to at least 48. Dual degree students must not count courses taken outside the Marshall School of Business toward the 48 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 from 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

Concentration Methodology
Students select a four-unit course from the concentration list shown in the MPL program.

Planning Studios
Students take PPD 531L (4, 8) to total eight units.

Electives
Students take eight units of elective courses within the Price School of Public Policy.