Certificate in International Policy and Planning


In an era where many policy decisions have global impact, there is demand for leaders who bring new perspective to agreements or organizations that operate across national boarders. The graduate Certificate in International Policy and Planning strengthens a student’s understanding of global policy, planning and public management issues, while underscoring the comparative differences in approach and governance institutions across nations.

The Certificate in International Policy and Planning consists of 14 units of graduate course work.

Required Courses (8 units)

Core Courses (8 Units) Units
PPD 677 International Development Administration 4
Plus one of the following:
PPD 613a,b Policy, Planning and Development International Laboratory
(Both PPD 613a and PPD 613b must be taken to count towards the certificate.)
1, 3
PPD 531L Planning Studio (can be counted only if the topic is international) 4
PPD 532L International Planning and Development Laboratory Workshop 4

Elective Courses (6 units)

Certificate elective courses may be taken within the Price School or in other schools at USC. Electives must be chosen from three topic areas: international development; urbanization, policy issues and sustainability; and global health. They are to be selected in consultation with and approved by the faculty advisor for the certificate program, and they should be chosen to garner well-rounded preparation for professional practice in a globalized context.

Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Current USC Graduate Students — Applicants for the Certificate in International Policy and Planning who are currently enrolled in a graduate program at USC and are in good standing with a minimum 3.0 GPA should submit the following materials:

  • Addition of Degree Form
    • Enter contact information at top of form.
    • Leave section 1 blank.
      • Major to be added: INPP
      • Major Post Code: 1532
      • Degree Objective: GCRT
      • School: Price
      • Dept. Mail Code: 0626In section 2, use this information:
  • A current resume
  • Submit all application materials to Joyce Mann at [email protected].

    Prospective Applicants — Applicants who have not matriculated at USC must make a formal application at the USC Graduate Admission website.

    Applicants must submit the following items:

    1. Official transcripts from ALL institutions attended sent directly to Price School Admissions:

    Office of Recruitment and Admissions
    650 Child’s Way – RGL 111
    Los Angeles, CA 90089
    Tel: (213) 740-0550
    Fax: (213) 740-7573
    E-mail: [email protected]

    2. Resume (upload via online application)

    3. A written statement of approximately 1,500 words addressing the following questions:

    • Why are you interested in pursuing the Certificate in International Policy and Planning?
    • How will the Certificate affect or enhance your career aspirations and goals?

    4. Letter of Recommendation (uploaded via online application)

    Please contact the USC Price Office of Admissions at [email protected] for more information.