Ph.D. Degree Programs


Professors, scholars, and academic researchers in the fields of policy, planning, and development produce work of the highest academic rigor that improves our world. Through critical inquiry, field work, and theoretical training, Ph.D. students examine issues of governance and contribute place-based, innovative solutions to problems facing communities here and abroad. The Price School offers two Ph.D. degree programs:
the Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Development, as well as the Ph.D. in Public Policy and Management.

All new Ph.D. students are supported with four years of funding through a graduate assistantship that pays tuition, a stipend for fall and spring semesters, and year-round health and dental insurance. Students beyond their fourth year obtain support through teaching or research assistantships, or funding from USC and/or outside sources. In addition, Ph.D. students work closely with faculty mentors, who inspire doctoral candidates to contribute to the scholarly foundations of their chosen fields. Price faculty help Ph.D. students publish and present their work at conferences, often co-authoring papers with them.


Doctor of Philosophy in Public Policy and Management (Ph.D. – PPM)

Doctor of Philosophy in Urban Planning and Development (Ph.D. – UPD)

The Ph.D. in Public Policy and Management (PPM) produces researchers and scholars who shape the direction of public affairs research. The curriculum combines interdisciplinary training in public policy and management as well as rigorous methodological training, along with disciplinary training in economics, sociology, political science, or organizational theory.

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The Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Development (UPD) prepares students to become academics and scholars who contribute new ideas and innovative solutions to contemporary urban problems. Through advanced courses in planning theory, urban development, and methodology, UPD students obtain a strong foundation from which to launch their scholarly careers.

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