USC Price School of Public Policy

Comprehensive Exam

7317106690_9b7e1e8274_nIn the Spring semester of each year, Price MRED students are required to complete a comprehensive examination. The exam is project-oriented and emphasizes the analysis and solution of a real-world development case.

Based on information provided about a particular development site, students prepare a market analysis, a financial feasibility study, and a site plan within one week. The students submit a written development proposal, which is graded on an honors/pass/fail basis. In some instances, students may be required to take an additional oral exam to address unresolved issues. Students who are not successful on the comprehensive examination may retake it once, within one year of the first exam.