Professors, scholars, and academic researchers in the fields of policy, planning, and development produce work of the highest academic rigor that improves our world. Through critical inquiry, field work, and theoretical training, doctoral students examine issues of governance and contribute place-based, innovative solutions to problems facing communities here and abroad.
The Price School offers three doctoral programs:
Funding & Mentorship
All new Ph.D. students are supported with four years of funding through a graduate assistantship that pays tuition, a stipend for fall and spring semesters, and year-round health and dental insurance. Students beyond their fourth year obtain support through teaching or research assistantships, or funding from USC and/or outside sources.
In addition, doctoral students work closely with faculty mentors, who inspire doctoral candidates to contribute to the scholarly foundations of their chosen fields. Price faculty help doctoral students publish and present their work at conferences, often co-authoring papers with them.