USC Price School of Public Policy

MPP Course Sequencing

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

1st Semester Fall – 12 units (if statistics pre-requisite has been met)

PPD 500 — Intersectoral Leadership — 2 units (fa, sp, su)
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)
PPD 554 — Foundations of Public Policy Analysis — 2 units (fa; sp in Sacramento only)
PPD 558 — Multivariate Statistical Analysis — 4 units (fa, sp)

10 unit option if statistics (PPD 502x) is required
(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 500 — Intersectoral Leadership — 2 units (fa, sp, su)
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)
PPD 554 — Foundations of Public Policy Analysis — 2 units (fa; sp in Sacramento only)
PPD 502x — Statistical foundations for Public Management and Policy — 2 units (fa, sp, su)

2nd Semester Spring — 12 units

PPD 555 — Public Policy Formulation and Implementation — 4 units (fa, sp)
PPD 560 — Methods for Policy Analysis — 4 units (fa, 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)
PPD 560 — Methods for Policy Analysis — 4 units (fa, sp)
OR
(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)

Classes Requiring Statistics Prerequisite:

PPD 542 — Policy and Program Evaluation
PPD 557 — Modeling and Operations Research
PPD 558 — Multivariate Statistical Analysis
PPD 560 — Methods for Policy Analysis
PPD 666 — Administrative Research and Analysis