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 501a and PPD 501b, 32 units in public policy, 22 units in planning, 6 units in electives, and 8 units in planning studios/practicum.

Required Courses

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

Public Policy

  • Foundations of Policy Analysis (PPD 554) – 4 units
  • Public Policy Formulation and Implementation (PPD 555) – 4 units
  • Modeling and Operations Research (PPD 557) – 4 units
  • Multivariate Statistical Analysis (PPD 558) – 4 units
  • Methods for Policy Analysis (PPD 560) – 4 units
  • Public policy elective – 4 units
  • Management Elective: (PPD 541, 545, 654, 656, 661, 662, 675, or 690) – 4 units
  • Analytic electives: (PPD 542, 557, 587, 617, 647, PPDE 660, PPDE 661, PM 542, SOCI 621, or COMM 650) – 8 units

Select one management elective:

  • Public Financial Management and Budgeting (PPD 541)
  • Human Behavior in Public Organizations (PPD 545)
  • Information Technology Management in the Public Sector (PPD 654)
  • Political Management: Theory and Applied Techniques (PPD 656)
  • Strategic Planning in the Public Sector (PPD 673)
  • Intergovernmental Management: State Perspective (PPD 662)
  • Nonprofit Management and Leadership (PPD 675)
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (PPD 690)
  • Financial Management of Nonprofit Organizations (PPDE 645)

Select two analytic electives:

  • Policy and Program Evaluation (PPD 542)
  • Modeling and Operations Research (PPD 557) – 4 units
  • Risk Analysis (587)
  • Urban Demography and Growth (PPD 617)
  • Finance of the Public Sector (PPD 647)
  • Environmental Policy Design and Analysis (PPDE 660) – PPD 501b prerequisite
  • Methods for Equity Analysis (PPDE 661)
  • Social Network Analysis (PM 542)
  • Quantitative Methods and Statistics II (SOCI 621)
  • Survey Construction and Validation (COMM 650)

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
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.