DPPD Admission

2021 Applications Are Now Available


Applicants for the DPPD must make a formal application for doctoral admission to USC. Admission to the DPPD program is highly selective.

Applicants are expected to hold a Master’s degree in a field closely related to the core master’s degree programs offered in the Price School. Applicants without master’s degrees will be expected to complete foundation courses prior to entering the degree core courses. The foundation courses will be determined in consultation with the appropriate degree advisor.

Application Materials

The following items are required in order to complete the applications process:

  • A USC Graduate ApplicationFor step-by-step admission guidelines, visit: gradadm.usc.edu/apply
  • $90 application fee
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.  Applicants from domestic institutions should have their university registrar send transcripts electronically to [email protected].  To expedite review of your application, you may upload **OFFICIAL** copies of your transcripts into your application but you must still have official transcripts sent electronically to [email protected].  Applicants with international transcripts must mail them to the address indicated on the USC Graduate Application.
  • At least 5 years of professional experience.
  • Submit a current resume.
  • Submit three letters of recommendation, including at least one academic reference. Please note: Letters of recommendation must be submitted through the online application system. We will not accept letters of recommendation through postal mail.
  • Submit a statement of purpose of approximately 750-1,500 words addressing the following questions:
    • What attracted you to the DPPD program?
    • What is your specific area of specialization within your profession?
    • How will our faculty and resources support you in achieving your professional goals?

NOTE: This program does not require GRE or GMAT scores.

International students must also submit the following documents:

  • official TOEFL/IELTS scores – must have taken within the last two years (Institution code: 4852)
  • official transcripts indicating the award of all degrees with the title and date conferred in the applicant’s native language and an exact translation into English of each document
  • a financial guarantee statement showing proof of the ability to pay all tuition and living expenses

Application Deadlines

January 15

Campus Interview

Based on a review of the online application, a group of finalists for the program will be invited to the campus for an interview and other exercises including a required writing sample and a small group conversation. Final selections will be made from among this group based on their applications, interviews, and essays.

Interview date: April 4th