USC Price School of Public Policy

MPP Class Scheduling

USC Price’s class scheduling is designed to accommodate both full and part-time students and are usually scheduled in one of three ways:

  • Weekly full semester courses. These courses usually meet once a week in the afternoon or evening, for a 3.5 hour session, for the entire 16 week semester. These courses usually carry 4 units.
  • Split semester courses. Classes meet weekly, once a week in the afternoon or evening, for a 3.5 hour session, for eight weeks. These courses usually carry 2 units. Often first half of the semester courses are paired with second half of the semester courses.
  • Intensive courses. Intensive courses are a unique and innovative method of course design offered by the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. Students who are working professionals often find it easier to balance their study time with other outside demands by enrolling in intensives. The intensive format is described in greater detail below.
    • Intensive Course Design
      Intensive courses are scheduled so that in-class time is concentrated into blocks of full day instruction, allowing you extensive time for independent study and practical application of what you have learned. While the format of individual courses may vary, all courses will have weekly instructional time. For many courses, this weekly contact will be online activities, outside of the course meetings. The class design varies depending on the subject matter. Most instructors use a combination of short lectures, group projects, presentations, problem-solving exercises, outside speakers, and simulations. Students may not schedule a regular weekly class that conflicts with the published dates of an intensive course.

      • All intensives begin the first week of the semester. The course syllabus will be available on Blackboard at least a week before the start of the semester. The syllabus will contain the reading list and the weekly online assignments outside of the in-class sessions.
      • Students are encouraged to contact the professor if concepts are unclear or if you have any questions regarding the assignments.