USC Price School of Public Policy

MPP Dual Degrees

Two dual degree programs are offered by USC Price in conjunction with the MPP.  Students can simultaneously earn the Master of Public Policy and either the Juris Doctorate degree (with the USC Gould School of Law) or the Master of Planning.

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.

CastilloLa Mikia M. Castillo
MPP / MPL ’12

MPP Dual Degrees

Master of Public Policy/Juris Doctor

A dual degree program with the USC Gould School of Law enables qualified students to earn the J.D. and the MPP in approximately four years. The program encourages law students to develop beneficial skills in policy formulation, implementation, and evaluation.

Students enrolled in this program take law courses during the first year and a combination of law and public policy courses during the second, third and forth years. Students must be admitted to both the MPP program and the USC Gould School of Law to earn a dual degree. Students may not first enroll in the MPP and then apply for admission to the dual degree.

Master of Public Policy/Master of Planning

The Master of Public Policy/Master of Planning dual degree program within the USC Price School provides students the opportunity to develop a depth of analytic and design skills for addressing problems of urban communities. The dual degree program normally requires six semesters in residence.