Dual Degree: Master of Adv. Arch. Studies Post-Prof. / Master of Planning

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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. 


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The Master of Advanced Architectural Studies is a one-year program consisting of Summer, Fall and Spring semesters.  


Semester start dates may be found online:


Following is the program curriculum for the 2017-2018 Academic Year.  For previous years, please consult the online USC Catalogue archive.


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.



Requirements for completion of the dual degree program are 72 units, including 36 units in architecture and 36 units in planning, as follows:


Architecture Requirements Units
606 Advanced Architectural Theory 2
607 Advanced Computation 2
608 Urban Theory: Los Angeles Case Studies 2
609 Advanced Fabrication 2
702L Advanced Graduate Architecture Design- Themes 6
705L Advanced Graduate Architecture Design- Topics 6

793aL or 795aL

Architecture Directed Design Research Option I, or Architecture Thesis Option II


793bL or 795bL

Architecture Directed Design Research Option I, or Architecture Thesis Option II

  Electives taken within the School of Architecture 8


Policy, Planning, and Development Requirements

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


Concentration Methodology: A 4-unit course selected from the concentration list shown in the Master of Planning program.


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.


Electives: 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.