Three dual degree programs are offered by USC Price in conjunction with the MPP. Students can simultaneously earn the Masters of Public Policy and either the Masters of Urban Planning, the Juris Doctorate degree (with the USC Gould School of Law), or the Doctor of Philosophy in Urban Education Policy (with the USC Rossier School of Education).
The Master of Public Policy/Master of Urban Planning dual degree program within the USC Price School provides students the opportunity to develop advanced analytic and design skills with which to effectively address issues facing urban communities. This dual degree program enables students to earn the MPP and MUP in three years.
The Price School of Public Policy and the Gould School of Law offer a dual degree program that enables qualified students to earn both the Juris Doctor and the Master of Public Policy degrees within four years. The dual degree program connects analytic skills and theories of public policy with the processes of legal institutions. This combination of knowledge is well-suited for law students who want to affect the policy- making process and craft legislation, and is also valuable for prospective analysts who wish to better understand the legal practices that can advance or obstruct policy.
Students enrolled in this program complete law courses during the first year and a combination of law and public policy courses during the second, third and fourth years. Students must be admitted to both the MPP program and the USC Gould School of Law to earn a dual degree; students must first be admitted to Gould, followed by MPP program admission.
The Price School of Public Policy and the Rossier School of Education offer a dual degree program that enables qualified students to earn both PhD and MPP degrees in approximately 5 years. Students enrolled in this program complete MPP courses during the first year and a combination of PhD and public policy courses during the second and third years. Students must be admitted to both the MPP program and the Rossier School of Education in order to earn a dual degree. Incoming students should apply simultaneously to the PhD and MPP programs and state an interest in the dual degree program; students already enrolled in the MPP program may apply to the PhD during their first semester in the MPP program.