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What will I learn?

The USC Master of Planning/Master of Business Administration dual degree program enables students to understand the implications of public policy and planning strategies on both local and global business development. Exposure to both fields becomes an educational as well as a professional asset for careers in either public service or private enterprise. This dual degree program normally requires five semesters in residence.


Students must complete a total of 84 units for the dual degree, including 48 units of work in the USC Marshall School of Business and 36 units in the USC Price School of Public Policy. Required courses that must be taken in the Marshall School of Business include all courses required in a M.B.A. core program and graduate business electives sufficient to bring the total units completed in the Marshall School of Business to at least 48. Dual degree students must not count courses taken outside the Marshall School of Business toward the 48 units.

Policy, Planning, and Development

Intersectoral Leadership (PPD 500) – 2 units

Economics for Policy, Planning and Development (PPD 501a) – 2 units

Planning Theory (PPD 524) – 2 units

Statistics and Arguing from Data (PPD 525) – 2 units

Comparative International Development (PPD 526) – 2 units

The Social Context of Planning (PPD 527) – 2 units

Legal Environment of Planning (PPD 529) – 2 units

Planning History and Urban Form (PPD 533) – 2 units

Which department am I in?

USC Sol Price School of Public Policy

Study options

Full Time (84 units)

Tuition fees
MBA: USD $62,140 for first year; USD $58,316 for second year; USD $57,256 /year for Master of Planning
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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