USC Price School of Public Policy

Master of Public Policy/Master of Planning

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The USC Price Master of Public Policy/Master of Planning dual degree program gives students the opportunity to develop advanced analytic and design skills with which to effectively address the issues facing urban communities. This dual degree program normally requires six semesters in residence.

Prerequisites
Applicants must have a basic competence in descriptive and inferential statistics. This prerequisite may be fulfilled by completing a college-level statistics course with a grade of “B” or better taken within three years of matriculation in the MPP program. If students have not completed a college-level statistics course with a grade of “B” or better within three years of matriculation in the MPP program, they will need to enroll in PPD 502x and receive a grade of “B” or better.

Requirements
Completion of the dual degree requires 72 units, including: PPD 500 and PPD 501a, 32 units in public policy, 22 units in planning, 6 units in electives, and 8 units in planning studios/practicum.

Required Courses

  • Intersectoral Leadership (PPD 500) – 2 units
  • Economics for Policy, Planning and Development (PPD 501a) – 2 units

Public Policy

  • Economics for Policy, Planning and Development (PPD 501b) – 2units
  • Introduction to Policy Analysis (PPD 554) – 2 units
  • Public Policy Formulation and Implementation (PPD 555) – 4 units
  • Modeling and Operations Research (PPD 557) – 4 units
  • Statistical Analysis (PPD 558) – 4 units
  • Methods for Policy Analysis (PPD 560) – 4 units
  • Public policy elective – 4 units
  • Analytic elective (PPD 542, 587, 617 or 647) – 4 units
  • Management Elective (PPD 516x, 541, 545, 654, 656, 661, 662, 675, 687 or 690) – 4 units

One analytic elective from the following list:

  • Policy and Program Evaluation (PPD 542)
  • Risk Analysis (587)
  • Urban Demography and Growth (PPD 617)
  • Finance of the Public Sector (PPD 647)

Planning

  • Planning Theory (PPD 524) – 2 units
  • Comparative International Development (PPD 526) – 2 units
  • Social Context of Planning (PPD527) – 2 units
  • Legal Environment of Planning (PPD 529) – 2 units
  • Planning History and Urban Form (PPD 533) – 2 units

Concentration electives in planning from USC Price – 12 units (includes 4 units of methodology to be selected with the advisor from the following list):

  • Participatory methods in Planning and Policy (PPD 616)
  • Urban Demography and Growth (PPD 617)
  • Planning and Economic Development Finance (PPD 625)
  • Design Skills for Urban Planners (PPD 627)
  • Institutional and Policy Issues in Transportation (PPD 634)

Electives
Students are required to take 6 units of electives from the curriculum offered by the university. Non-USC Price courses may be selected with the approval of an academic advisor.

Practicum/Planning Studios
After completing the core courses of both programs, students are required to take 8 units in planning studios/practicum: 4 units from the public policy program (PPD 561ab) and 4 units from the planning program (either PPD 531L).

Comprehensive Exam and Internship
Dual degree students, like all Master of Planning (MPL) students, must take a comprehensive examination and fulfill the internship requirement.