Joint Professional Degree Programs

This is an excerpt from the USC Catalogue. 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.

Master of Arts, Politics and International Relations/Juris Doctor(M.A./J.D.)

The M.A./J.D. is awarded after the completion of course work in both the School of International Relations and USC Law School. The first year is ordinarily devoted to completing core law courses. The second and third (and optional fourth) years of the program include 24 units (six courses) in the School of International Relations, an additional 40 units in the Law School, and a substantive paper. All M.A./J.D. students take two IR theory and methods courses and two domain courses. The remaining two IR courses are electives. Law courses must include LAW 662 or LAW 764 and one additional international law course. All M.A./J.D. students must submit a substantive paper or alternative project. Students may submit a paper or project based on original work, or a revised version of a research paper or detailed policy memorandum. The two degrees must be awarded concurrently. Admission to the M.A./J.D. program is contingent upon admission to both the Law School and the School of International Relations; however, applications to the joint degree program may be made to the School of International Relations during the first fall semester of USC Law studies.

MA/JD Program Requirements:

 

1. Course Requirements:

Year I: Law School Courses
Year II, III, and IV: Law School Courses including one of the following:
Law 662ab: Public International Law, or
Law 764: International Business Transactions
One Additional International Law Course

International Relations Courses:
IR Core Theory and Methods:
IR 500: International Relations Theory
IR 513: Social Science and Historical Research Methods:
Introduction to Research, or
IR 517: International Policy Analysis

Two of these I.R. Domain Courses:
IR 502: Conflict and Cooperation
IR 509: Culture, Gender and Global Society
IR 521: Introduction to Foreign Policy Analysis
IR 541: Politics of the World Economy
Plus 2 Electives

 

2. Substantive Paper:

Like all other Masters students, students in the dual degree program must complete a substantive paper or alternative project. The requirements, standards, and evaluation procedure for the substantive paper are identical to those listed above for all MA students except that one member of the examining committee must come from the Law School.

Students who have completed all coursework for the joint degree but have not completed the Substantive Paper must maintain continuous registration until the substantive paper is accepted.

Foreign Language:

All M.A./ J.D. students must demonstrate fourth semester competency in a foreign language.

Transfer Coursework:

Students holding a baccalaureate degree may transfer one course from outside SIR toward M.A./ J.D. requirements. The course shall not have applied to the bachelor's degree. IR/JD academic advisement for joint degree students is normally provided by an IR faculty member designated by the SIR Director and a law faculty from the Law School designated by the Dean. These advisors help the student select appropriate courses, as well as supervise the writing of the substantive paper.

Master of Arts, International Relations/Master of Public Administration (M.A./M.P.A.)

This is an excerpt from the 2009/2010 USC Catalogue.

The School of Policy, Planning, and Development and the School of International Relations jointly offer a three-year program leading to both M.A. and M.P.A. degrees (students may extend the dual degree program to four years). Applicants must apply to the School of Policy, Planning, and Development and the School of International Relations and meet requirements for admission to both. Students interested in this program are required to take the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE).

MA/MPA Program Requirements

1. Course Requirements: Students pursuing the dual degree must complete the degree requirements at the School of Policy, Planning, and Development and at least 24 units within the School of International Relations.

International Relations:
IR 517: International Policy Analysis
One course that focuses on a specific region
One functional course from the following:
IR 502: Conflict and Cooperation
IR 509: Culture, Gender and Global Society
IR 521: Introduction to Foreign Policy
IR 541: Politics of the World Economy
Plus three IR electives (12 units)

Policy, Planning, and Development:
PPD 500: Intersectoral Leadership
PPD 501ab: Economics for Policy, Planning and Development
PPD 540: Public Administration and Society
PPD 541: Public Financial Manage- ment and Budgeting
PPD 542: Policy and Program Evaluation, or
PPD 557: Modeling and Operations Research, or
PPD 666: Administrative Research and Analysis
PPD 545: Human Behavior in Public Organizations
PPD 546: Professional Practice of Public Administration
Elective (2 units)

2. Substantive Paper:
Like all other M.A. students, students in the dual degree program must complete a substantive paper or alternative project. The requirements, standards and evaluation procedure for the substantive paper are identical to those listed for all M.A., International Relations students except that one member of the examining committee must come from the School of Policy, Planning, and Development. Students must also meet the statistics prerequisite and internship requirement of the M.P.A.

Master of Arts, International Relations/Master of Planning (M.A./M.Pl.)

This is an excerpt from the 2009/2010 USC Catalogue.

The School of Policy, Planning, and Devel­opment and the School of International Rela­tions jointly offer a three-year program leading to both M.A. and M.Pl. degrees. Applicants must apply to the School of Policy, Planning, and Development and the School of International Relations and meet the requirements for admission to both. Students interested in this program are required to take the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE).

MA/MPL Program Requirements

1. Course Requirements for the completion of the dual degree program are 56 units, including 24units in the School of International Relations and 32 units in the School of Policy, Planning, and Development, as follows:

International Relations (each is a 4 unit course):
IR 517: International Policy Analysis
one course that focuses on a specific region
one functional course from the following:

IR 502: Conflict and Cooperation
IR 509: Culture, Gender and Global Society
IR 521: Introduction to Foreign Policy Analysis
IR 541: Politics of the World Economy

Plus three IR electives (12 units)

Policy, Planning and Development:
PPD 500: Intersectoral Leadership
PPD 501a: Economics for Policy, Planning and Development
PPD 524: Planning Theory
PPD 525: Statistics and Arguing from Data
PPD 526: Comparative International Development
PPD 527: The Social Context of Planning
PPD 529: Legal Environment of Planning
PPD 533: Planning History and Urban Form
Note: 2-unit courses may be offered in seven-and-a-half week blocks.
Planning Studios: PPD 531L (4, 4) to total 8units.
Electives: 8 units of elective courses in planning (including one methods class) taken within the School of Policy, Planning, and Development.

2. Substantive Paper:
Dual degree students, like all other M.Pl. students, must take a comprehensive examination and fulfill the internship requirement. Students in the dual degree program must complete a substantive paper or alternative project. The requirements, standards and evaluation procedure for the substantive paper are identical to those listed for all International Relations master's program students except that one member of the examining committee must come from the School of Policy, Planning, and Development.


 

 

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