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What will I learn?

The Master of Public Policy/Master of Urban 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.

Public Policy Courses

Students take 40 units in the MPP program.

PPD 503 Economics for Public Policy Units: 4
PPD 554 Foundations of Policy Analysis Units: 4
PPD 555 Public Policy Formulation and Implementation Units: 4
PPD 558 Multivariate Statistical Analysis Units: 4
PPD 560 Methods for Policy Analysis Units: 4
PPD 561a Policy Analysis Practicum Units: 1
PPD 561b Policy Analysis Practicum Units: 3

Analytic Electives

Units: 6-8*

COMM 650 Survey Construction and Validation Units: 4
PPD 542 Policy and Program Evaluation Units: 4
PPD 587 Risk Analysis Units: 4
PPD 647 Finance of the Public Sector Units: 4
PPDE 636 Urban Spatial Ethnography and Critical Cartography Units: 4
PPDE 660 Environmental Policy Design and Analysis Units: 4
PPDE 661 Methods for Equity Analysis Units: 4
PPDE 665 Economic Impact Analysis: Methods and Applications Units: 2
PPDE 668 Applied Econometrics for Program Evaluation Units: 4
SSCI 581 Concepts for Spatial Thinking Units: 4

One management elective from the following list:

PPD 541 Public Financial Management and Budgeting Units: 4
PPD 545 Public and Nonprofit Organizational Behavior Units: 4
PPD 654 Information Technology Management in the Public Sector Units: 4
PPD 656 Political Management: Theory and Applied Techniques Units: 4
PPD 662 Intergovernmental Management: State Perspective Units: 4
PPD 673 Strategic Planning in the Public Sector Units: 4
PPD 675 Nonprofit Management and Leadership Units: 4
PPD 690 Alternative Dispute Resolution Units: 4
PPDE 645 Financial Management of Nonprofit Organizations Units: 4

Public Policy Elective

Students select 4 units of public policy electives.

Urban Planning Courses

Students in this dual degree will take 32 units of urban planning coursework. Students must select one of the six available concentrations and select a gateway and methodology course associated with the concentration. Please see the Master of Urban Planning section of the catalogue for the concentration options.

PPD 522 Planning Theory and History for a Just Society Units: 4
PPD 523 Urban and International Development Units: 4
PPD 528 Physical Planning: Urban and Community Design Units: 2
PPD 529 Planning Law and Legal Frameworks of Planning Units: 2
PPD 531L Planning Studio Units: 4, 8, 124 units required
PPD 534 Data, Evidence, and Communication of the Public Good Units: 4
PPD 629 Capstone in Urban Planning Units: 4

Concentration Courses (8 units)

Which department am I in?

USC Sol Price School of Public Policy

Study options

Full Time (72 units)

Tuition fees
MUP: USD $57,256 /year; MPP: USD $1,938/unit (estimated), 24 units over fall and spring semesters
Start date

Expected January, August 2023


University of Southern California

University Park Campus,



90089, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a Bachelor degree earned at an institution recognized by the Ministry of Education.

For international students

Applicants must have earned the equivalent of a 4-year U.S. bachelor’s degree with a competitive GPA.

Applicants to master's programs who have attained an Internet Based TOEFL (iBT) score of 90, with no less than 20 on each sub-score; or an IELTS score of 6.5, with no less than 6 on each band score.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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