USC Price School of Public Policy

International Specialization

The Price School of Public Policy (USC Price) is now offering an International Specialization. It provides students in the Master of Planning, Master of Public Administration, Master of Public Policy, Master of Health Administration and Master of Real Estate Development the opportunity to focus on their respective field from an international perspective. This specialization consists of 12 units.

International Core

  • Policy, Planning, and Development International Laboratory (PPD 613ab) – 4 units total (a=1 unit, b=3 units)

Electives (8 units drawn from the following courses)

  • Comparative International Development (PPD 526) – 2 units
  • International Planning and Development Laboratory Workshop (PPD 532L) – 4 units
  • International Development Opportunities (RED 583) – 2 units
  • Comparative International Development Workshop (RED 585) – 4 units
  • Comparative Urbanization, Development and Inequality (PPD 615) – 4 units
  • International Development Administration (PPD 677) – 4 units
  • Processes of Change in Transitioning Societies (PPD 678) – 4 units
  • U.S. Immigration Policy (PPD 686) – 4 units

International Labs

International labs provide the essential clinical link between academic education and the world of professional practice. Students work in teams by applying their respective capabilities and knowledge to a common problem. Generally the laboratory/workshops work with real clients from the country where the lab is taking place. Local agencies and firms often sponsor planning laboratory to obtain valued studies in research, design and analysis. Community groups seek assistance from laboratory/workshops as a means of informing themselves more thoroughly on community problems and issues, and for obtaining planning analysis otherwise unavailable to them. The products of laboratory/workshops are usually in the form of:

  • policy recommendations
  • a suggested plan or alternative plans
  • databases
  • background information
  • various maps and graphics

Each summer, USC Price offers one or more international laboratory/workshops. Recent international labs have been held in Brazil, China, Germany, Morocco, Italy and Vietnam. All students are encouraged to take at least one international laboratory course. (Travel expenses are not included in tuition; however, every effort is made to keep the labs affordable.)