USC Price School of Public Policy

Ph.D. Degree Programs

Downtown Los Angeles Professors, scholars, and academic researchers in the fields of policy, planning, and development produce work that is of the greatest academic rigor even as it has a palpable impact on the world around us.

Through critical discourse and inquiry, field work and theoretical training, Ph.D. students examine issues of governance and contribute to place-based solutions to problems that face communities everywhere in the world.

USC Price School offers two separate Ph.D. degrees:


Active for students admitted before Fall 2010:

Doctor of Philosophy in Policy, Planning, and Development (Ph.D.)

The Ph.D. in Policy, Planning, and Development is awarded by the Graduate School through the Price School of Public Policy. This degree prepares individuals for university-level teaching and research positions. Most competitive applicants already hold a master’s degree.