USC Price School of Public Policy

IPPAM Program Dates

bs-pp-internshipsThe IPPAM degree program begins in late June with:

  • a course in applied statistics for policy, planning, and management
  • an optional course in global leadership development
  • English language courses for those who haven’t met USC’s proficiency requirement
  • computer skills training for those who have been out of school and would like a refresher
  • intercultural workshops

English language courses are waived for students with scores of 100 or better on the internet-based TOEFL with no less than 20 on each of the four test components; and those with an IELTS overall score of 7.0 with no less than 6.5 on each of the components.

In the fall semester, international students transition to the regular program consisting of required courses and electives in their chosen concentration area. Some students may be required to enroll in additional English language workshops depending on their demonstrated competency. The program workload is somewhat flexible, permitting students to complete the program in 13 to 24 months depending on the course load chosen each semester.

IPPAM Course Sequence
A typical schedule for a 13-month program is illustrated below. Depending on the sequencing of elective courses, some students may take their final electives during the fall semester for an 18-month program.

IPPAM Course Sequence


  • English
  • Statistics
  • Global Leadership Development


  • English
  • International Public Policy and Management Seminar
  • Economics for Policy, Planning and Development
  • Elective course


  • Policy and Program Evaluation
  • Policy Seminar or Economics (if not taken in the Fall Semester)
  • Electives

Summer 2

  • Applied International Policy Analysis and Management Project
  • Electives or an International Lab