USC Price School of Public Policy

Dual Degree Programs

Dual degree programs offer graduate students the opportunity to complete concurrently requirements for two degrees. Students enrolled in dual degree programs must complete all requirements for the dual degree program and then will be awarded both diplomas at the same time. The academic units which offer these programs frequently adjust the requirements for each degree to take into account the correlations between required coursework.

For additional information, please go to the Graduate Students page in the Requirements for Graduation section of the USC Catalogue.

» Admission to a Dual Degree
» Process for Applying to a Dual Degree

Admission to a Dual Degree

In order to pursue a dual degree, students need to be admitted to both programs in the separate schools and departments. Some students apply directly to both programs when they first apply to USC. Other students learn of the dual degree once they are enrolled at USC. In all cases, except for a dual degree with Law, students may apply for a dual degree once they are enrolled at USC. Students should confer with their degree director and Student Services Advisor as early as possible in their program about the requirements of a dual degree to make sure classes they have taken and intend to take apply to the program.

Process for Applying to a Dual Degree

The process for applying to a dual degree follows these steps:

  • Student submits the Graduate Application for Admission and all items required for admission to the school or program to which they have not yet been admitted.
  • Once students are admitted to both programs (e.g., MPL and MSW), students notify their Student Services Advisor that they wish to pursue the dual degree.
  • Students complete the Dual Degree Objective Form. These forms may also be obtained from the appropriate Student Services Advisor.
  • This form needs to be signed by both programs. (If necessary, the Student Services Advisor can help secure the signatures from the other program.)
  • The Student Services Advisor processes the request with the Registrar’s Office.

Students who have completed all the requirements for one of the degree programs and who decide to withdraw from the dual degree program may receive the appropriate single diploma. Students who have withdrawn from the dual degree program to receive the appropriate single diploma, then later decide to complete the second degree must:

  • apply for admission
  • be admitted
  • fulfill all the requirements for the second degree

A maximum of four units of transfer credit may be applied toward an approved dual degree program.

For additional information, please go to the Course Work Taken Elsewhere page in the USC Catalogue.

Since both degrees are conferred at the same time, students should not file for graduation with one program until they will have completed the requirements for both programs. Students must file for graduation with both programs.

The creation of dual degree programs, like any other graduate degree program, needs formal approval from the university’s Graduate and Professional Studies Committee. Students, faculty and administrators may not create dual degree programs that not been approved by the appropriate university committee nor can they authorize a substantial reduction in units for students in two independent master’s degree programs (non-approved dual degree programs).

The university has approved of several dual degree programs for USC Price.

For additional information on dual degrees, go to the Dual Degree Programs page in the USC Catalogue.