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  Dec 18, 2017
USC Catalogue 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Planning/Master of Science, Gerontology (MPl/MS)

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The MS/MPl dual degree is one of a few in the nation which combines the knowledge of the older population with the skills needed to plan services for older people. The MPl prepares the graduate for the responsibilities involved in development of public and private institutions and programs. The MS indicates a special focus on the older person and the skills to analyze and design programs for this growing population. The MS is offered through the USC Davis School of Gerontology.


Requirements for completion of the dual degree program are 66 units including 26 units in gerontology, 36 units in planning and a minimum of 4 units of thesis in either gerontology or planning, as follows:


2-unit courses may be offered in seven-and-a-half week blocks.

Additional Requirements

Concentration Methodology: A 4-unit course selected from the concentration list shown in MPl program.

Planning Studios: PPD 531  (4, 4) to total 8 units.

Electives: 8 units of elective courses taken within the Price School of Public Policy.

Thesis: A thesis is required on a subject interrelating gerontology and planning. Students must register in a minimum of 4 units of PPD 594a , PPD 594b , PPD 594z  (2,2,0) or GERO 594a , GERO 594b , GERO 594z  (2,2,0). Students must maintain continuous registration until completion of the thesis.

Program Adaptation: The USC Davis School of Gerontology waives GERO 589 Case Studies in Leadership and Change Management  because students enrolled in this program will have a primary professional focus in planning.

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