USC Price School of Public Policy

Master of Public Policy/Master of Planning

The Master of Public Policy/Master of Planning dual degree program gives students the opportunity to develop a depth of analytic and design skills with which to effectively address the problems of urban communities. The 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):

  • Research and Analytical Techniques (PPD 612)
  • Participatory methods in Planning and Policy (PPD 616)
  • Urban Demography and Growth (PPD 617)
  • 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 by the students with the approval of an academic advisor.

Practicum/Planning Studios
After finishing 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 other Master of Planning (MPL) students, must take a comprehensive examination and fulfill the internship requirement.