Dual Degree: Master of Planning / Master of Arts in International Relations
The Price School of Public Policy and the USC Dornsife College School of International Relations jointly offer a three-year program through which graduates earn both the M.A. and MPL degrees.
Students pursuing the dual degree program must complete 56 units, including 24 units in the School of International Relations and 32 units in the Price School of Public Policy. Students may extend the dual degree program to four years. Applicants must apply to the Price School of Public Policy and the School of International Relations and meet both schools’ admission requirements.
- International Policy Analysis (IR 517) – 4 units
Students select one functional course from the following:
- Conflict and Cooperation (IR 502) – 4 units
- Culture, Gender and Global Society (IR 509) – 4 units
- Introduction to Foreign Policy Analysis (IR 521) – 4 units
- Politics of the World Economy (IR 541) – 4 units
Students also take one four-unit course that focuses on a specific region.
Three IR electives (12 units)
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 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
Students complete 8 units of PPD 531L (4,4).
Students take 8 units of elective courses in planning (including one methods class) within the Price School of Public Policy.
- Dual degree students, like all other MPL students, must take a comprehensive examination and fulfill the internship requirement.
- Students in the dual degree program must complete a substantive paper or alternative project. The requirements, standards, and evaluation procedure are identical to those listed for the M.A. in International Relations, except that one member of the examining committee will be from the Price School of Public Policy.