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USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development

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Elizabeth Graddy, senior associate dean of faculty and academic affairs, brings her expertise in cross-sectoral governance and its implications for the democratic enterprise to the classroom.

The mission of the School of Policy, Planning, and Development is to become the premier school for educating leaders and creating knowledge for innovative governance and place-based solutions for the betterment of communities worldwide. The school cultivates its students to become these leaders -- the ethical men and women who build our communities, reshape our governance structures and processes, and rethink the relationships among government, citizens and business. The school accomplishes this in three important ways: teaching that prepares students to lead, shape and manage in the 21st century; research that draws on 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 issues of regional, state, national and international importance in public management, public policy, healthcare, real estate development, and urban planning.

The policy, planning and development programs are among the most diverse and wide-ranging in higher education. These offerings are made possible by the broad interests of the schoolís 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 delve into a wide range of traditional and emerging fields of knowledge, develop first-rate 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


Jack H. Knott, Ph.D., Dean

Elizabeth Graddy, Ph.D.*, Senior Associate Dean, Faculty and Academic Affairs

Genevieve Giuliano, Ph.D.*, Senior Associate Dean, Research and Technology

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

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

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


C. Erwin and Ione L. Piper Deanís Chair: Jack H. Knott, Ph.D.

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

Judith & John Bedrosian Chair in Governance and Public Enterprise: Dan Mazmanian, Ph.D.

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)

Emery Evans Olson Chair in Nonprofit Entrepreneurship & 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: Gerald Caiden, Ph.D.*; Ann Crigler, Ph.D. (Political Science); 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); David Sloane, Ph.D.; Richard A. Sundeen, Ph.D.*; Shui Yan Tang, Ph.D.*; Detlof von Winterfeldt, Ph.D.; Priscilla Wohlstetter, Ph.D. (Education); Jennifer Wolch, Ph.D. (Geography)

Associate Professors: Raphael Bostic, Ph.D.; Catherine G. Burke, 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.*; Jefferey Sellers, Ph.D., (Political Science); Niraj Verma, Ph.D.; Kathleen Wilber, Ph.D. (Gerontology)

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

Assistant Professors: Clara Irazabal, Ph.D.; Michael Moody, Ph.D.; Christian Redfearn, Ph.D.; Vivian Wu, Ph.D.; Susan Webb Yackee, Ph.D.

Distinguished Practitioner: 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 Scholars: William B. Fulton, Ph.D.; Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, Ph.D.; Walter Zelman, Ph.D.

Research Professor: Christopher Weare

Adjunct Professors: Jonathan Brown, D.P.A.; Garrett Capune, Ph.D.; Charles Cicchetti, Ph.D.; Michael R. Cousineau, Dr.PH.; David Dale-Johnson, Ph.D.; Hugh Evans, Ph.D.; Stanley Iezman, J.D.; Michael Keston, M.B.A.; Dora Kingsley, D.P.A.; Kenneth Kizer, M.D.; Allan Kotin, M.A.; Ira Norris; Willard Price, Ph.D.; James J. Smith, M.R.E.D.; Richard Smith, J.D.; Frank Wein, D.P.D.S., AICP; David Wilcox, M.C.P.

Adjunct Associate Professors: Austin Anderson, M.B.A.; Robert Champion, M.R.E.D.; Ali Farahani, Ph.D.; Richard Heller, Ph.D., J.D.; Thomas Higgins, Ph.D.; Bryan Jackson, J.D.; Patrick Kapsner, M.P.A., FACMPE; Catherine Kay, J.D.; Steven Kellenberg; Ehud Mouchly, M.A.; Mark Pisano, J.D.; Shahab Rabbani, D.P.D.S.; Maurice Rahimi, Ph.D.; John Redfern, M.P.P.; Robert Smythe, B.S.; Deborah Torres, M.Arch.; Ashgar Zomorrodian, Ph.D.

Adjunct Assistant Professors: Pauline Arneberg, Ph.D.; Lori Howard, Ph.D.; Tomson Ong, Ph.D., J.D.; Francis Pereira, Ph.D.; Johannes Van Tilburg, FAIA; Frank Wein, D.P.D.S.AICP

Clinical Professors: Lois Green, M.H.S.A.; Patrick G. Hays, M.H.A.; Leonard Mitchell, M.A., M.B.A., J.D.; Bruce Noda, M.A.; John Steinhaus, L.L.D.

Clinical Associate Professors: Jeffrey Green, M.H.A.; LaVonna B. Lewis, Ph.D.; Arthur S. Shorr, M.B.A.

Clinical Assistant Professors: Michael Carter, M.P.H.; Jeffrey Schaffer, M.P.A.; Chris Van Gorder, M.P.A.

Visiting Faculty: Desmond Saunders-Newton, Ph.D.

Emeritus Professors: William C. Baer, Ph.D., AICP; Robert Biller, Ph.D.; Edward Blakely, Ph.D.; Melville C. Branch, Ph.D.; Robert M. Carter, D.Crim.; T. Ross Clayton, Ph.D.; Houston Flournoy, 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.; Robert Stallings, Ph.D.; William B. Storm, Ph.D.; Robert E. Tranquada, M.D.; Joseph S. Wholey, Ph.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 Policy, Planning, and Development
  • Doctor of Planning and Development Studies

The Bachelor of Science and the schoolís masterís degrees are also offered jointly as a progressive 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 masterís 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 masterís 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.