Dual DegreE

Master of Advanced Architectural Studies/ Master of Planning


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:


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.


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.