USC Price School of Public Policy

Program Dates

The 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 and other workshops

The English language courses are waived for students with scores of 100 or higher 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 into 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 language 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 2014-2015

Summer 2014

  • English
  • Statistics
  • Global Leadership Development

Fall 2014

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

Spring 2015

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

Summer 2015

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