MPP Dual Degrees
Receiving the Dean’s Merit Scholarship made my dream of pursuing dual master’s degrees in public policy and urban planning a reality. Not only has this scholarship made school – but also my goals – attainable.
La Mikia M. Castillo
MPP / MPL ’12
A dual degree program with the USC Law School and the MPP program enables qualified students to earn a law degree and the MPP in approximately four years. The goals of the program are to encourage law students to gain skills in policy formulation, implementation, and evaluation. These three skills have direct relevance for the role lawyers play in society.
Students enrolled in this program take law courses during their first year and a combination of law and public policy courses during their second, third and forth years. Students need to be admitted to both the MPP program and the USC Law School to earn a dual degree. Students may not first enroll in the MPP and then apply for admission to the dual degree.
The Master of Public Policy/Master of Planning dual degree program within the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy gives students the opportunity to develop a depth of analytic and design skills with which to effectively address the problems of urban communities. The dual degree program normally requires six semesters in residence.