The Master of Heritage Conservation/Master of Urban Planning dual degree program facilitates highly related cross-disciplinary studies in heritage conservation and in urban planning at the master’s level. The primary objective of the dual degree curriculum is to impart to students a basic familiarity with the origins and development of the philosophies, theories, and practices of planning and heritage conservation. This curriculum has been developed so that students will graduate from this program with a broad practical knowledge of the laws, regulations, and policies that apply to planning and conservation practice in the United States and internationally. This expertise will include knowledge of urban design, public policy, and architectural and planning history and theory. Students will be expected to understand the critical methodological tools necessary for a professional engaged in the investigation, interpretation, and evaluation of the urban built environment.
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.
The Heritage Conservation programs at USC include:
Master of Heritage Conservation/Master of Planning dual degree, established in 2014 Master of Heritage Conservation (formerly Master of Historic Preservation), established in 2002 Graduate Certificate in Heritage Conservation, established in 1997 Summer Fundamentals of Heritage Conservation course, established in 1992
Following is the program curriculum for the 2020-2021 Academic Year. For previous years, please consult the online USC Catalogue archive.
- ARCHITECTURE (TOTAL UNITS: 30)
549 Fundamentals of Heritage Conservation (3 units)
550 Heritage Conservation Policy and Planning (3 units)
551 Conservation Methods and Materials (3 units)
552 Introduction to Historic Site Documentation (2 units)
553 History of American Architecture and Urbanism (3 units)
554 Heritage Conservation Practicum: Advanced Documentation (3 units)
555 Global Perspectives in Heritage Conservation (2 units)
556 Readings in Heritage Conservation Theory (2 units)
558 Fundamentals of Place-Making (2 units)
691ABZ Heritage Conservation Thesis Preparation and Thesis (1-4-0 units)
Electives taken within the School of Architecture (2 units)
Dual degree students, like all other MHC students, must complete a thesis.
- PLANNING (TOTAL UNITS: 30)
PPD 522 Planning Theory and History for a Just Society (4 units)
PPD 523 Urban and International Development (4 units)
PPD 529 Planning Law and Legal Frameworks of Planning (2 units)
PPD 531L Planning Studio (4, 8, 12 units)
PPD 534 Data, Evidence, and Communication of the Public Good (4 units)
PPD 629 Capstone in Urban Planning (4 units)
CONCENTRATION METHODOLOGY: There are six concentrations available in the Master of Urban Planning program: Arts and Culture, Design of the Built Environment, Environmental Planning and Analysis, 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). Please see the Master of Urban Planning section of the catalogue for the concentration descriptions and course lists.
Dual degree students, like all other MUP students, must 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.