Graduate Programs

Dual Degrees

Master of Architecture/Master of Planning

The Master of Planning/Master of Architecture 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.

Requirements

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

Architecture Units
ARCH 410 Computer Transformations 2
ARCH 543 Research Methods 1
ARCH 605abL Graduate Architecture Design 6-6
ARCH 606 Advanced Architectural Theory 2
ARCH 607 Advanced Computation 2
ARCH 608 Urban Theory: Los Angeles Case Study 2
ARCH 609 Advanced Fabrication 2
ARCH 693abL M.Arch. Thesis, Option I, or
ARCH 695abzL M.Arch. Thesis, Option II 2-8
Elective* 3

*3 units of electives taken within the School of Architecture.

Public Policy Units
PPD 500 Intersectoral Leadership 2
PPD 501a Economics for Policy, Planning and Development 2
PPD 524 Planning Theory 2
PPD 525 Statistics and Arguing from Data 2
PPD 526 Comparative International Development 2
PPD 527 The Social Context of Planning 2
PPD 529 Legal Environment of Planning 2
PPD 533 Planning History and Urban Form 2

Note: 2-unit courses may be offered in seven-and-a-half week blocks.

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.

Master of Landscape Architecture/Master of Planning

Qualified students who are admitted to the Master of Landscape Architecture program in the School of Architecture and to the graduate program in the USC Price School of Public Policy may complete both degrees in a highly integrated five-seven semester program.

Completion of the dual degree requires 24 units of courses in urban planning, 10 units of thesis option I or II and either 32 units of landscape architecture (for those students admitted with advanced standing); 48 units of landscape architecture (for those students admitted with advanced placement); or 74 units of landscape architecture (for those students admitted to the three-year curriculum).

Master of Landscape Architecture (Advanced Standing)/Master of Planning

Qualified students with a professional degree in landscape architecture who are admitted to the graduate program in the School of Architecture with advanced standing and to the USC Price School of Public Policy may complete both degrees in a highly integrated five-semester program.

Completion of the dual degree requires 66 units, including 32 units of courses in landscape architecture, 24 units of courses in urban planning, and 10 units of thesis option I or II.

Landscape Architecture Units
ARCH 532 Elements of the Urban Landscape 2
ARCH 533 Urban Landscape Case Studies 2
ARCH 543 Research Methods 1
ARCH 561 Architecture in the Urban Landscape: Projects and Places 2
ARCH 563 Architecture in the Urban Landscape: Comparative Theories 2
ARCH 697abzL M.L.Arch. Thesis, Option II, or
ARCH 698abzL M.L.Arch. Thesis, Option I 2-8-0
Electives: 11 units of elective courses taken in the School of Architecture.

*Electives must be 400-level and above.

Studios Units
ARCH 542abL Landscape Architecture Design 6-6
Total units for MLA: 42
Planning Units
PPD 500 Intersectoral Leadership 2
PPD 501a Economics for Policy, Planning and Development 2
PPD 524 Planning Theory 2
PPD 525 Statistics and Arguing from Data 2
PPD 526 Comparative International Development 2
PPD 527 The Social Context of Planning 2
PPD 533 Planning History and Urban Form 2
RED 573 Design History and Criticism 2
Electives: 8 units of elective courses taken within the USC Price School of Public Policy.
Total units for MPl: 24
Dual degree students, like all other MPl students, must take a comprehensive examination and fulfill the internship requirement.
Total units for dual degree: 66
Master of Landscape Architecture (Advanced Placement)/Master of Planning

Qualified students who have completed a pre-professional undergraduate degree in landscape architecture or environmental design, or a professional degree in architecture and are admitted to the graduate program in the School of Architecture with advanced placement and to the USC Price School of Public Policy may complete both degrees in a highly integrated six-semester program.

Completion of the dual degree requires 82 units, including 48 units of courses in landscape architecture, 24 units of courses in urban planning, and 10 units of thesis option I or II.

Landscape Architecture Units
ARCH 530 Landscape Architecture Practice 3
ARCH 531 The Natural Landscape 3
ARCH 532 Elements of the Urban Landscape 2
ARCH 533 Urban Landscape Case Studies 2
ARCH 543 Research Methods 1
ARCH 561 Architecture in the Urban Landscape: Projects and Places 2
ARCH 563 Architecture in the Urban Landscape: Comparative Theories 2
ARCH 565 Global History of Landscape Architecture 3
ARCH 697abzL M.L.Arch. Thesis, Option II, or
ARCH 698abzL M.L.Arch. Thesis, Option I 2-8-0
Electives: 12 units of elective courses taken in the School of Architecture.

*Electives must be 400-level and above.

Studios Units
ARCH 542abL Landscape Architecture Design 6-6
ARCH 642L Landscape Architecture Design 6
Total units for MLA: 58
Planning Units
PPD 500 Intersectoral Leadership 2
PPD 501a Economics for Policy, Planning and Development 2
PPD 524 Planning Theory 2
PPD 525 Statistics and Arguing from Data 2
PPD 526 Comparative International Development 2
PPD 527 The Social Context of Planning 2
PPD 533 Planning History and Urban Form 2
RED 573 Design History and Criticism 2
Electives: 8 units of elective courses taken within the USC Price School of Public Policy.
Total units for MPl: 24
Dual degree students, like all other MPl students, must take a comprehensive examination and fulfill the internship requirement.
Total units for dual degree: 82
Master of Landscape Architecture (Three-Year Curriculum)/Master of Planning

Qualified students admitted to the Master of Landscape Architecture three-year curriculum in the School of Architecture and to the USC Price School of Public Policy may complete both degrees in a highly integrated seven-semester program.

Completion of the dual degree requires 108 units, including 74 units of courses in landscape architecture, 24 units of courses in urban planning, and 10 units of thesis option I or II.

Landscape Architecture Units
ARCH 530 Landscape Architecture 3
ARCH 531 The Natural Landscape 3
ARCH 532 Elements of the Urban Landscape 2
ARCH 533 Urban Landscape Case Studies 2
ARCH 534 Landscape Intervention: Construction Methods 3
ARCH 535 Landscape Reclamation: Construction Materials 3
ARCH 537 Urban Plant Ecology 3
ARCH 538 Urban Plant Ecology: California Plant Communities 3
ARCH 539L Media for Landscape Construction 2
ARCH 543 Research Methods 1
ARCH 561 Architecture in the Urban Landscape: Projects and Places 2
ARCH 563 Architecture in the Urban Landscape: Comparative Theories 2
ARCH 565 Global History of Landscape Architecture 3
ARCH 697abzL M.L.Arch. Thesis, Option II, or
ARCH 698abzL M.L.Arch. Thesis, Option I 2-8-0
Electives: 12 units of elective courses taken in the School of Architecture.

*Electives must be 400-level and above.

Studios Units
ARCH 541abL Landscape Architecture Design 6-6
ARCH 542abL Landscape Architecture Design 6-6
ARCH 642L Landscape Architecture Design 6
Total units for MLA: 84
Planning Units
PPD 500 Intersectoral Leadership 2
PPD 501a Economics for Policy, Planning and Development 2
PPD 524 Planning Theory 2
PPD 525 Statistics and Arguing from Data 2
PPD 526 Comparative International Development 2
PPD 527 The Social Context of Planning 2
PPD 533 Planning History and Urban Form 2
RED 573 Design History and Criticism 2
Electives: 8 units of elective courses taken within the USC Price School of Public Policy.
Total units for MPl: 24
Dual degree students, like all other MPl students, must take a comprehensive examination and fulfill the internship requirement.
Total units for dual degree: 108