Dual Degree: Master of Heritage Conservation / Master of Planning

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The Master of Heritage Conservation/Master of 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:


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Following is the program curriculum for the 2017-2018 Academic Year.  For previous academic 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.


Concentration Methodology: Students in this program will be required to select a concentration for the Master of Planning program.


Electives: Electives must be taken within the USC School of Architecture or the Price School of Public Policy.


Degree Completion Requirements: Dual degree students, like all other MPL students, must take a comprehensive examination and fulfill the internship requirement. In addition, like all other MHC students, dual degree students will be expected to complete a thesis.


Architecture Requirements Units
549 Fundamentals of Heritage Conservation 3
550 Heritage Conservation Policy and Planning 3
551 Conservation Methods and Materials 3
552 Introduction to Historic Site Documentation 2
553 History of American Architecture and Urbanism 3
554 Heritage Conservation Practicum: Advanced Documentation 3
555 Global Perspectives in Heritage Conservation 2
556 Readings in Heritage Conservation Theory 2
558 Fundamentals of Place-Making 2
691abz Heritage Conservation Thesis Preparation and Thesis 1-4-0
  Electives taken within the School of Architecture 2
Total   30









Public Policy Requirements Units
500 Intersectoral Leadership 2
501a Economicies for Policy, Planning, and Development 2
524 Planning Theory 2
525 Statistics and Arguing from Data 2
527 The Social Context of Planning 2
529 Legal Environment of Planning 2
531L Planning Studio 4, 8, 12
  Concentration - Gateway course 4
  Concentration - Methodology course 4
  Electives in Public Policy School 6
Total   30





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