Dual Degree: Master of Planning / Master of Science in Gerontology


One of but a few programs of its kind, the USC MPL/MSG dual degree combines the interdisciplinary knowledge and practical skills needed to plan services for older individuals. The Master of Planning degree prepares graduates for the responsibilities involved in the development of public and private institutions and programs. The M.S. degree in Gerontology offers a specialized focus on older people, as well as the competencies needed to analyze and design programs for this rapidly growing population.

Students must complete 66 units including:

  • 26 units in gerontology
  • 36 units in planning
  • A minimum of 4 units of thesis in either gerontology or planning

Physiology of Development and Aging (GERO 510) – 4 units
Life Span Developmental Psychology (GERO 520) – 4 units
Life Span Developmental Sociology (GERO 530) – 4 units
Social Policy and Aging (GERO 540) – 4 units
Field Practicum (GERO 591) – 6 units

Students must also complete a four-unit elective in gerontology.

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 selected from the concentration list shown in the Master of Planning program.

Planning Studios
Students complete eight units of PPD 531L.

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

A thesis is required on a subject interrelating gerontology and planning. Students must register for a minimum of four units of PPD 594abz (2,2,0). Students must maintain continuous registration until completion of the thesis.