The Master of Planning/Master of Advanced Architectural Studies Post-Professional dual degree program facilitates highly related cross-disciplinary studies in architecture and in planning at the master’s level. This program offers students interested in developing a career in urban design an opportunity to make more substantial commitments in both disciplines and to achieve a more coherent and extensive knowledge in the design of built environments and public policy. This dual degree program normally requires five semesters in residence.
Qualified students who are admitted to the graduate programs in both the School of Architecture and the USC Price School of Public Policy may complete both degrees in a highly integrated five-semester program. Such students must already possess a five-year professional degree in architecture.
The Master of Advanced Architectural Studies is a one-year program consisting of Summer, Fall and Spring semesters. Semester start dates may be found here.
Following is the program curriculum for the 2018-2019 Academic Year. For previous years, please consult the online USC Catalogue archive.
Requirements for completion of the dual degree program are 72 units, including 36 units in architecture and 36 units in planning, as follows:
606 Advanced Architectural Theory (2 units)
607 Advanced Computation (2 units)
608 Urban Theory: Los Angeles Case Studies (2 units)
609 Advanced Fabrication (2 units)
702L Advanced Graduate Architecture Design: Themes (6 units)
705L Advanced Graduate Architecture Design: Topics (6 units)
Electives taken within the School of Architecture (8 units)
PPD 500 Intersectoral Leadership (2 units)
PPD 501a Economics for Policy, Planning and Development (2 units)
PPD 524 Planning Theory (2 units)
PPD 525 Statistics and Arguing from Data (2 units)
PPD 526 Comparative International Development (2 units)
PPD 527 The Social Context of Planning (2 units)
PPD 529 Legal Environment of Planning (2 units)
PPD 533 Planning History and Urban Form (2 units)
Planning Studios: PPD 531L (4, 4) to total 8 units. Students must complete 8 units of domestic or international planning studies under PPD 531L (4) to satisfy this requirement. A maximum of 12 units may be taken.
A 4-unit course selected from the concentration list shown in the Master of Planning program.
A total of 8 units of electives taken within the USC Price School of Public Policy.
EXAMINATION AND INTERNSHIP
Dual degree students, like all other MPl students, must take a comprehensive examination and fulfill the internship requirement.
The USC Catalogue is the document of authority for all students. The program requirements listed in the USC Catalogue supersede any information which may be contained in any bulletin of any school or department. The university reserves the right to change its policies, rules, regulations, requirements for graduation, course offerings and any other contents of this catalogue at any time.