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USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development

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The USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development, ranked seventh in U.S. News & World Report's 2005 edition of America's Best Graduate Schools, offers students an opportunity to combine their classroom work with real-world experience through a variety of internships and mentorships. Richard Sundeen, associate dean of academic programs and director of the undergraduate program, meets regularly with students to discuss their research projects.

The mission of the School of Policy, Planning, and Development is to cultivate leaders -- the ethical men and women who will build our communities, reshape our governmental structures and processes, and rethink the relationship between government, citizens and business. The school accomplishes this in three important ways: teaching that prepares students to lead, shape and manage in the new 21st century world order; research that takes advantage of and contributes to Southern California, the state, nation and world; and action that yields insights and offers solutions to pressing societal problems.

The school combines the strengths of several fields in one professional school to address the dynamic interests of the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Our faculty, students and alumni address policy issues of regional, state, national and international importance in public management, public policy, health care, immigration, transportation, real estate and economic development, urban and regional planning, and the quality of both social and physical environments.

The policy, planning and development programs are among the most diverse and wide-ranging in higher education. This is made possible by the broad interests of the school's faculty, its linkages to other faculty on campus, the diversity of students, the variety of course formats and venues, and the many degree options and specializations available to graduate and undergraduate students. Students at the School of Policy, Planning, and Development will experience a wide array of traditional and emerging fields of knowledge, develop appropriate professional skills, engage their personal values and ethical choices, and recognize the core principles from several scholarly disciplines and how they are best applied in professional and scholarly pursuits.

Ralph and Goldy Lewis Hall 312
(213) 740-0350
FAX: (213) 740-5379


Dan Mazmanian, Ph.D., Dean

Detlof von Winterfeldt, Ph.D., Deputy Dean, Research and Faculty

Richard A. Sundeen, Ph.D., Associate Dean, Academic Programs

Regina T. Nordahl, J.D., M.B.A., SPHR, Associate Dean, Administration

Carol A. Rush, M.P.A., Associate Dean, Student Affairs

Kristi Wallace, Associate Dean, Development and External Relations

Richard F. Callahan, D.P.A., Associate Dean for State Capitol and Leadership Programs, Sacramento Center


University Professor: Kevin Starr, Ph.D. (History)

C. Erwin and Ione L. Piper Dean's Chair: Dan Mazmanian, Ph.D.

Wallis Annenberg Chair in Communication and Technology: Manuel Castells, Ph.D. (Communication)

Blue Cross of California Chair in Health Care Finance: Glenn A. Melnick, Ph.D.

James Irvine Chair in Urban and Regional Planning: Tridib Banerjee, Ph.D., AICP

James Irvine Chair in Urban and Regional Planning: Harry W. Richardson, M.A. (Economics)

Lusk Chair in Real Estate: Stuart Gabriel, Ph.D. (Business)

Jeffrey J. Miller Chair in Government, Business and the Economy: Charles Cicchetti, Ph.D.

Emery Evans Olson Chair in Nonprofit Entrepreneurship and Public Policy: James M. Ferris, Ph.D.

Maria B. Crutcher Professorship in Citizenship and Democratic Values: Terry L. Cooper, Ph.D.

Frances R. and John J. Duggan Distinguished Professorship in Public Administration: Chester A. Newland, Ph.D.*

Professors: Tridib Banerjee, Ph.D., AICP*; Gerald Caiden, Ph.D.*; Manuel Castells, Ph.D. (Communication); Michael Dear, Ph.D. (Geography); William Dutton, Ph.D. (Communication); Peter Gordon, Ph.D. (Economics); Howard Greenwald, Ph.D.; Genevieve Giuliano, Ph.D.; Elizabeth Graddy, Ph.D.*; Robert Harris (Architecture); Eric Heikkila, Ph.D.; Sheldon Kaminecki, Ph.D. (Political Science); Alan Kreditor, M.C.P., AICP; Martin Krieger, Ph.D.; David Lopez-Lee, Ph.D.; Jacquelyn McCroskey, Ph.D. (Social Work); James Moore II, Ph.D. (Engineering); Dowell Myers, Ph.D.; Robert C. Myrtle, D.P.A.*; Harry Pachon, Ph.D.; Jane Pisano, Ph.D.; Jon Pynoos, Ph.D. (Gerontology); Robert Stallings, Ph.D.; Richard A. Sundeen, Ph.D.*; Shui Yan Tang, Ph.D.*; Detlof von Winterfeldt, Ph.D.; Joseph S. Wholey, Ph.D.; Priscilla Wohlstetter, Ph.D. (Education); Jennifer Wolch, Ph.D. (Geography)

Associate Professors: Raphael Bostic, Ph.D.; Catherine G. Burke, Ph.D.; David Dale-Johnson, Ph.D.; Yongheng Deng, Ph.D. (Business); Greg Hise, Ph.D.; Phoebe Liebig, Ph.D. (Gerontology); Jeffrey S. McCombs, Ph.D. (Pharmacy); Juliet Musso, Ph.D.*; Michael Nichol, Ph.D. (Pharmacy); Gary Painter, Ph.D.; Peter Robertson Ph.D.*; David Sloane, Ph.D.; Niraj Verma, Ph.D.; Kathleen Wilber, Ph.D. (Gerontology)

Assistant Professors: Clara Irazabal, Ph.D.; Michael Moody, Ph.D.; Christian Redfearn, Ph.D.; Jeffrey Sellers, Ph.D. (Political Science)

Distinguished Practitioners: Marvin Braude, Honorary Doctorate; Keith Comrie, M.S.P.A.

Senior Fellows: David Chernof, M.D. (Physician in Residence); Peter Ratican, B.S. (Executive in Residence); Stan Ross, Honorary J.D. (Executive in Residence)

Senior Scholar: Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, Ph.D.

Research Professor of Planning: Koichi Mera, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professors: Jonathan Brown, D.P.A.; Garrett Capune, Ph.D.; Hugh Evans, Ph.D.; Stanley Iezman, J.D.; Michael Keston, M.B.A.; Kenneth Kizer, M.D.; Allan Kotin, M.A.; Koichi Mera, Ph.D.; Ira Norris; Willard Price, Ph.D.; Richard Smith, J.D.; David Wilcox, M.C.P.

Adjunct Associate Professors: Michael Bayord, J.D.; Robert Champion, M.R.E.D.; Jeffrey Huffman, M.D.; Bryan Jackson, J.D.; Susan Kamei, J.D.; Patrick Kapsner, M.P.A., FACMPE; Gerald Katell, M.B.A.; Steven Kellenberg; Ehud Mouchly, M.A.; Maurice Rahimi, Ph.D.; John Schunhoff, Ph.D.; Deborah Torres, M.Arch.; Frank Wein, D.P.D.S., AICP; Ashgar Zomorrodian, Ph.D.

Adjunct Assistant Professors: Pauline Arneberg, Ph.D.; Edith Balbach, Ph.D.; Kenneth Beck, MRED; Lori Howard, Ph.D.; Catherine Kay, J.D.; Darc Keller, M.S.; James McColm, M.S.; Frederick O. Nelson, M.H.A.; Thomas Ong, Ph.D., J.D.; Francis Pereira, Ph.D.; John Redfern, M.P.P.; Desmond Saunders-Newton, Ph.D.; James Smith, M.R.E.D.; Johannes Van Tilburg, FAIA

Clinical Professors: Gail Della Vedova, FACMPE; Sharon Grisby, M.B.A.; Melvin Marks, M.D.; Patrick G. Hays, M.H.A.; Sam J. W. Romeo, M.D.; G. Peter Shostak, M.H.A.; John Steinhaus, L.L.D.

Clinical Associate Professors: Jeffrey Green, M.H.A.; Lise L. Luttgens, M.P.H.; Tecla A. Mickoseff, M.B.A.; Donald Robertson, M.B.A.; Joan D. Rose, M.P.H.; Martin B. Ross, Dr.P.H.; Arthur S. Shorr, M.B.A.

Clinical Assistant Professors: Peter P. Aprato, Ph.D.; Douglas D. Bagley, M.S.; Daniel K. Bumgarner; Michael Carter, M.P.H.; C. Joseph Chang, M.H.A.; Gregg DeNicola, M.D.; Thomas D. Gordon; Matthew Mazdyasni, M.S.; Thomas Mone, M.S.; Patricia S. Neumann, M.S.; Charles E. Payton, M.D.; Patrick Petre, M.H.R.M.; Robert Rygg, B.S.; Jeffrey Schaffer, M.P.A.; Robert Smythe, B.S.; Chris Van Gorder, M.P.A.

Lecturers: Austin Anderson, M.B.A.; Bruce Baltin; David Brown; John Condas, J.D.; Terri Dickerhoff, M.R.E.D.; Regina Nordahl, J.D., M.B.A.; Amit Ghosh, Ph.D.; Barry Landreth, M.R.E.D.; Vincent Maher, M.R.E.D.; Marie McQueen, M.R.E.D.; Carl Meyer; Leonard Mitchell, M.A., M.B.A., J.D.; James M. Moore, M.C.P.; Donald Murray; Mark Oliver, M.R.E.D.; Victoria Valentine, M.R.E.D.; Paul Vandeventer

Emeritus Professors: William C. Baer, Ph.D., AICP; Robert Biller, Ph.D.; Melville C. Branch, Ph.D.; Robert M. Carter, D.Crim.; T. Ross Clayton, Ph.D.; Lois Friss, Dr.P.H.; John Gerletti, Ed.D.; David Mars, Ph.D.; Alexander McEachern, M.A.; E.K. Nelson, D.P.A.; Francine Rabvinovtiz, Ph.D., AICP; Warren Schmidt, Ph.D.; Gilbert Siegel, Ph.D.; William B. Storm, Ph.D.; Robert E. Tranquada, M.D.; William J. Williams, D.P.A.; Lowdon Wingo, Jr., M.A., M.P.A.

Emeritus Associate Professor: Wesley E. Bjur, Ph.D.

*Recipient of university-wide or school teaching award.

Degrees Offered

The School of Policy, Planning, and Development offers the following degrees:

  • Bachelor of Science in Public Policy, Management and Planning
  • Master of Health Administration
  • Executive Master of Health Administration
  • Master of Public Policy and Management
  • Master of Planning
  • Master of Planning and Development Studies
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Public Policy
  • Master of Real Estate Development
  • Master of Construction Management (with Architecture, Business and Engineering)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Planning
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Public Administration
  • Doctor of Planning and Development Studies
  • Doctor of Public Administration

The Bachelor of Science and the Master of Planning are also offered jointly as an accelerated five-year program and the school participates in the following interdisciplinary minors:

  • Children and Families in Urban America
  • Construction Planning and Management
  • Environmental Planning and Development
  • Health Policy and Management
  • International Policy and Management
  • International Urban Development
  • Law and Public Policy
  • Public Management
  • Public Policy
  • Planning and Development
  • Urban Neighborhood Studies
  • Urban Policy and Planning

The Master of Planning is offered as a dual master's degree with programs in architecture, landscape architecture, business administration, economics, gerontology, international relations, public administration, public art studies, real estate development and social work.

The Master of Public Administration is offered as a dual master's degree with programs in planning, gerontology, international relations, Jewish communal service, law and social work.

The Master of Real Estate Development is offered as a dual degree with the Master of Business Administration, Juris Doctor and Master of Planning.

The Master of Health Administration is offered as a dual degree with the Master of Science in Gerontology.

The Master of Public Policy is offered as a dual degree with the USC Gould School of Law.

National Honor Societies

Pi Alpha Alpha
Pi Alpha Alpha is the national honor society for public affairs and administration. Graduate students in the School of Policy, Planning, and Development who have completed at least 18 semester units and have earned a 3.7 grade point average are eligible for membership.

Pi Sigma Alpha
Pi Sigma Alpha is the national honor society for students in public administration, political science, and international relations. Students who have completed at least three courses from among these fields and have earned at least a 3.5 grade point average are eligible to apply.