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USC Catalogue 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Planning/Master of Public Administration (MPl/MPA)


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The Master of Planning/Master of Public Administration dual degree program is designed for the study of the relationships between planning and public administration. Administrative skills, budgeting and fiscal analysis, a knowledge of operations services of local governments, and formulation and conduct of planning operations within the context of municipal management are required. This dual degree program normally requires five semesters in residence.

Requirements

Requirements for completion of the dual degree program are 60 units, including 26 units in public administration, 20 units in planning and 14 units of electives (8 in planning), as follows:

Prerequisites: 12 undergraduate course credit units of social science, not more than 8 units in any one field, are required. Students must also satisfy the MPA statistics prerequisite and other prerequisites. PPD 525  satisfies the Price School of Public Policy prerequisite in descriptive and inferential statistics for students in the Master of Planning/Master of Public Administration dual degree program. Dual degree students completing PPD 525   with a grade of B or higher (A = 4.0) need not take PPD 502 x Statistical Foundations for Public Management and Policy .

Note:


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

Additional Requirements


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

Electives: 14 units of elective courses taken within the Price School of Public Policy. Eight of these elective units must be taken in the planning program. Dual degree students who complete PPD 502  with a grade of C or higher need not take PPD 525 . Instead, they should take 2 additional elective units for a total of 16.

Dual degree students, like all other MPl students, must take a comprehensive examination and fulfill the internship requirement.

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