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

Master of Public Policy/Master of Planning (MPP/MPl)

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The Master of Public Policy/Master of Planning dual degree program gives students the opportunity to develop a depth of analytic and design skills with which to effectively address the problems of urban communities. The dual degree program normally requires six semesters in residence.


Completion of the dual degree requires 72 units, including: PPD 500  and PPD 501a  , 32 units in public policy, 22 units in planning, 6-8* units in electives and 8 units in planning studios/practicum.


Applicants must have a basic competence in descriptive and inferential statistics. This prerequisite may be met in one of two ways: (1) entering students must have passed an undergraduate inferential statistics class, with a grade of "B" or better, at an approved university within three years of matriculation, and must pass the MPP lab associated with PPD 554 Foundations of Public Policy Analysis , or (2) take PPD 502 x Statistical Foundations for Public Management and Policy  and complete with a grade of "B" or better. If students select to take PPD 502 , the units associated with this class may not be used for graduate credit.


Students who select PPDE 660  will take an additional 2 units of electives in consultation with the adviser.

Concentration electives in planning from the Price School

(includes 4 units of methodology to be selected with adviser from the following list)

Total units: 12

Total units: 22

Additional Requirements


Students are required to take 6-8* units of electives from the curriculum offered by the university. Non-Price School courses may be selected by the students with the approval of an academic adviser.

Practicum/Planning Studios

After finishing the core courses of both programs, students are required to take 8 units in practicum/planning studios: 4 units from the public policy program (PPD 561a , PPD 561b ) and 4 units from the planning program (PPD 531 ).

Comprehensive Exam and Internship

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

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