Master of Planning/Master of Architecture


The Master of Planning/Master of Architecture dual degree connects two of USC’s highly-regarded programs to facilitate cross-disciplinary study in the art and logistics of designing a built environment. In this program, students interested in developing a career in urban design can make more substantial commitments and achieve a more coherent knowledge in the field with a contextual understanding of public policy. Candidates must already possess a degree in architecture. This dual degree program normally requires five semesters in residence.

Students must complete 72 units, including 36 units in architecture and 36 units in planning.

Elements of the Urban Landscape (ARCH 532) – 2 units
Urban Landscape Case Studies (ARCH 533) – 2 units
Architecture in the Urban Landscape: Projects and Places (ARCH 561) – 2 units
Architecture in the Urban Landscape: Comparative Theories (ARCH 563) – 2 units
Graduate Architecture Design (ARCH 605aL) – 6 units
Graduate Architecture Design (ARCH 605bL) – 6 units

Students select one of the following:
M. Arch. Thesis, Option I (ARCH 693abzL) – 4-8 units
M. Arch, Thesis, Option II (ARCH 695abzL) – 4-8 units

Students must also take a four-unit elective within the School of Architecture.

Policy, Planning, and Development
Intersectoral Leadership (PPD 500) – 2 units
Economics for Policy, Planning and Development (PPD 501a) – 2 units
Planning Theory (PPD 524) – 2 units
Statistics and Arguing from Data (PPD 525) – 2 units
Comparative International Development (PPD 526) – 2 units
The Social Context of Planning (PPD 527) – 2 units
Legal Environment of Planning (PPD 529) – 2 units
Planning History and Urban Form (PPD 533) – 2 units

Concentration Methodology
Students select a four-unit course from within a concentration of the MPL program.

Planning Studios
Students must complete eight units of PPD 531L.

Students take eight units of elective courses within the Price School of Public Policy.