USC Price School of Public Policy

Master of Planning/Master of Social Work

The dual degree program between social work and planning offers unique opportunities for students who want to devote their professional careers to societal policy, social planning or social services delivery. Students with a dual degree will have broader employment options beyond those in traditional planning and social work.

The schedule of courses allows students to experience direct service in the first year so that coursework planning is supplemented by a knowledge of consumers, service delivery, etc. Courses for both schools are taken simultaneously so that social work and planning content are intermingled. Two years of field practicums in social work provide in-depth exposure to social service issues from both planning and direct service angles ― thus satisfying some of the planning laboratory/workshop requirements and making a separate planning internship unnecessary.

Requirements
Students must complete 83 units including:

  • 51 units in social work
  • 32 units in planning

In addition, students must select a community organization, planning and administration concentration in the second year of their social work program.

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
  • Urban Planning and Social Policy (PPD 628) – 4 units
  • Planning Studios (PPD 531L) – 4 units
  • Planning History and Urban Form (PPD 533) – 2 units
  • 8 units of elective courses taken within USC Price

Social Work

  • Human Behavior and the Social Environment I (SOWK 503) – 3 units
  • Human Behavior and the Social Environment II (SOWK 505) – 3 units
  • Policy and Practice in Social Service Organizations (SOWK 534) – 3 units
  • Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families (SOWK 543) – 4 units
  • Social Work Practice with Groups and Complex Cases (SOWK 545) – 2 units
  • Social Work Research (SOWK 562) – 3 units
  • Field Practicum (SOWK 586ab) – 3-3 units
  • Integrative Learning for Social Work Practice (SOWK 587ab) – 2-2 units
  • Special Topics (approved by concentration) (SOWK 599) – 3 units
  • Leadership in the Social Work Profession and Organization – (SOWK 611)* – 3 units
  • Evaluation of Research: Community Organization, Planning and Administration (SOWK 629) – 3 units
  • Management for Community and Social Services (SOWK 648) – 3 units
  • Field Practicum II (SOWK 686ab) – 4-4 units

In addition, students select from one of the following:

  • Merging Policy, Planning, and Research for Change in Families and Children’s Settings (SOWK 603) – 3 units
  • Social Policy: Health care (SOWK 636) – 3 units
  • Improving Work Life Through Social Policy and Managing Organizational Development and Change (SOWK 672) – 3 units

*Students who have taken a leadership course in PPD are not required to take SOWK 611.