May 25, 2024  
USC Catalogue 2022-2023 
USC Catalogue 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOGUE]

Master of Urban Planning/Master of Social Work (MUP/MSW)

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The dual degree program between the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work and the USC Price School of Public Policy offers unique opportunities for students who want to devote their professional careers to social policy, social planning or social services delivery. Students with a dual degree will have broader employment options beyond those in traditional planning or social work.

The schedule of courses allows students to experience direct service in the first year so that course work planning is supplemented by a knowledge of consumers, service delivery, etc. Courses for both schools are taken simultaneously, intermingling social work and planning content. Two years of field practicums in social work provide in-depth exposure to social service issues from both planning and direct service perspectives, thus satisfying some of the planning laboratory/workshop requirements and eliminating the need for a separate planning internship requirement.


Requirements for completion of the MSW/MUP degree are 83 units including 51 units in social work and 32 units in urban planning. Students must select a community organization, planning and administration concentration in  the second year of their social work program.

Social Work

Contact the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work  for Social Work requirements.


There are six concentrations available in the Master of Urban Planning program. They are as follows: Arts and Culture, Design of the Built Environment, Planning for Climate Change and Sustainability, Housing and Real Estate Development, Economic Development, and Mobility and Transportation Planning. Students must select a concentration gateway and methodology course (4 units each, 8 units total). Dual degree students do not need to take concentration electives as they will complete elective units in Social Work. Please see the Urban Planning (MUP)  entry in the catalogue for the concentration descriptions and course lists.

Additional Requirements

Dual degree students, like all other MUP students, must fulfill the internship requirement.

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