USC Price School of Public Policy

MPP Course Sequencing

48 units total
*Based on full-time status for four semesters*

12838812805_562252795e1st Semester Fall – 12 units (if statistics pre-requisite has been met)

PPD 501a — Economics for Policy, Planning and Development — 2 units (fa, sp, su)
PPD 501b — Economics for Policy, Planning and Development — 2 units (fa, sp, su)
PPD 554 — Foundations of Public Policy Analysis — 4 units (fa)
PPD 558 — Multivariate Statistical Analysis — 4 units (fa, sp)

10 unit option if statistics (PPD 502x) is required — option one is highly recommended or students will be 4 units behind the cohort pace.
(Students who have not satisfied statistics prerequisite must take PPD 502x within the first 12 units)

10 unit option – (additional 4 units must be taken during a later term)
PPD 501a — Economics for Policy, Planning and Development — 2 units (fa, sp, su)
PPD 501b — Economics for Policy, Planning and Development — 2 units (fa, sp, su)
PPD 554 — Foundations of Public Policy Analysis — 4 units (fa)
PPD 502x — Statistical foundations for Public Management and Policy — 2 units (fa, su)

2nd Semester Spring — 12 units

PPD 555 — Public Policy Formulation and Implementation — 4 units (sp)
PPD 560 — Methods for Policy Analysis — 4 units (sp)
PPD xxx — Management, Analytic or Specialization elective — 4 units (varying options each term)

3rd Semester Fall – 13 units

PPD 561a — Policy Analysis Practicum — 1 unit (fa)
(Management, Analytic or Specialization electives) — 12 units (varying options each term)

4th Semester Spring – 11 units
(If you have Federal student loans, ensure you complete at least 8 units this semester. If course load is fewer than 8 units, you will not be considered a full-time student)

PPD 561b — Policy Analysis Practicum — 3 units (sp)
(Management, Analytic or Specialization electives) — 8 units (varying options each term)