The Ph.D. program in Public Policy and Management requires the completion of 57-58 units of coursework. Students who do not have advanced standing will need to complete courses in a substantive field. The coursework is comprised of the following elements:
While a master’s degree is not required, students entering the doctoral program without a relevant masters degree will be required to complete 6-8 units of prerequisites relevant to their program.
For the Ph.D. in Public Policy and Management, possible courses include:
*Students may petition to substitute PPD 715 with a different theory course derived formal discipline. Examples include MOR 662, ECON 500 or ECON 503, etc.
*Students may petition to substitute PPD 716, PPD717, and PPDE 668 with different methodology courses with the approval of the faculty advisor or qualifying exam chair, and the PhD directors. Students who have taken an equivalent course to PPD 558 may petition to substitute this course requirement with another methodology course.
Students select 12 units of field courses which can be used to develop disciplinary expertise related to specialization interest, or additional methodological expertise. Fields are developed with qualifying exam committee approval, can include any combination of USC Price and outside courses, and are unique to each student.
Students will take PPD 790 (2 units each, 4 total units)
Students will take PPD 710ab (2 units each, 4 total units), the USC Price research seminar course.
Students will take two semesters of the teaching seminar, PPD 700ab (1 unit each, 2 total units).
Doctoral Dissertation All students will produce a doctoral dissertation based on original research on an issue relevant to public policy, public management, or from an interdisciplinary perspective. The dissertation must adhere to the format prescribed by the Graduate School.