USC Price School of Public Policy

Coursework from Other USC Graduate Departments

Graduate Students

» USC’s Policy
» USC Price Policies
» Applying Other Department Coursework to the USC Price Degree
» Additional Information

USC’s Policy

A maximum of 25% of the stated degree course requirements — exclusive of Master’s Thesis (594), Doctoral Dissertation (794) and electives — may be approved for waiver or substitution by other USC coursework, directed research or transfer coursework

USC Price Policies

Often graduate students may wish to take graduate courses in other departments at USC. In most cases, students may take some or all of their electives in another graduate program, but may rarely satisfy core requirements by taking courses in other USC departments. Students should seek approval in advance from their degree directors prior to taking coursework in another department

Applying Other Department Coursework to the USC Price Degree

Before enrolling in a course in another USC school or department, master’s students should submit a USC Price Master’s Petition (PDF) to the appropriate Student Services Advisor requesting that certain courses and units be applied to their degree. If the course is to substitute for a core course, that request needs to be made on the petition. Students should attach a copy of the course description and syllabus. (MPL students may take eight units outside of USC Price without having to petition. MRED students may enroll in the approved non–USC Price courses specified on their program of study without having to petition.)

  • Approval for doctoral students taking courses outside of USC Price is negotiated with the student’s Guidance Committee.
  • The Student Services Advisor forwards the petition to the appropriate degree director for approval.
  • Students are informed in writing by the Student Services Advisor of the outcome of the decision.

Additional Information

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