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USC Price School of Public Policy

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USC Sol Price School of Public Policy
USC Sol Price School of Public Policy.svg
Parent institution
University of Southern California
DeanDana Goldman (interim)[2]
Academic staff
Location, ,
United States

The USC Sol Price School of Public Policy[3] (USC Price), previously known as School of Policy, Planning, and Development (SPPD), is the public policy school of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles & Sacramento, California. It offers undergraduate and graduate programs, including a doctoral program and several professional and executive master's degree programs.[4] USC Price also offers the Master of Public Administration program at a campus in Sacramento.[5]


Urban planning classes were first delivered at USC in Fall of 1921 by Gordon Whitnall, who was instrumental in founding the Planning Commission of the City of Los Angeles. In 1929, the USC School of Citizenship and Public Administration opened its doors, becoming one of only two programs of its kind in the nation. The school did not resemble very much the larger complex school it is today, but it contained the seeds of what is currently the modern USC Price.

In addition to offering a degree in public administration, the School of Citizenship and Public Administration included classes in urban and regional planning from the outset, which eventually led to the urban and regional planning degree and school at USC. Over time, the School of Public Administration formed the health administration program and the public policy program.[6]

In 1955, the School of Public Administration and the School of Architecture and Fine Arts instituted a graduate program in city and regional planning. The graduate planning program grew into an independent academic unit in the 1960s. In 1971, the Irvine Foundation gave its first USC grant to establish an endowed chair in urban and regional planning. In 1974, the USC Board of Trustees merged the Graduate Program in Urban and Regional Planning with the Center for Urban Studies to create the School of Planning and Urban Studies, subsequently the School of Urban and Regional Planning, the first planning program in the nation to achieve status as an independent school. The Irvine foundation provided the new school with an additional endowment for the support of graduate students.[7] The school's undergraduate program was offered jointly with the School of Public Administration.

The School of Urban and Regional Planning formed a graduate program in real estate development in 1985, and founded the Lusk Center for Real Estate Development in 1988 with a generous gift from John Lusk and his family. The school also launched a new undergraduate program to complement its existing program with the School of Public Administration. A gift from Ralph Lewis and his wife Goldy, the co-founders of Lewis Homes,[8] enabled the School to break ground for a new building on May 24, 1995, USC's Ralph and Goldy Lewis Hall.[9] The School was renamed the School of Urban Planning and Development in 1996; and in 1998, the USC Board of Trustees merged the School of Urban Planning and Development with the School of Public Administration to form the School of Policy, Planning, and Development. The Lusk Center for Real Estate Development was reorganized into Lusk Center for Real Estate, a university-level research unit jointly administered by USC Price and the USC Marshall School of Business.[10][11]

In November 2011, the Price Family Charitable Fund gave a $50 million naming gift to honor the life and legacy of USC alumnus Sol Price, founder of Price Club.[12] The school was renamed the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy with the shortened name of USC Price.[3]


In its 2020 rankings, U.S. News & World Report ranked USC Price as:

  • #2 in urban policy[13]
  • #3 in public affairs[14]
  • #3 in nonprofit management[15]
  • #5 in health policy and management[16]
  • #5 in local government management[17]
  • #8 in public management and leadership[18]
  • #9 in public policy analysis[19]

USC Price was ranked #9 for its graduate Urban Planning program by Planetizen's "The Top Schools For Urban Planners" (2014 Guide - Top 10 Planning Programs) in 2012.[20]


USC Price currently offers:

Online Programs

Online Executive Master of Urban Planning

The Price School's online Executive Master of Urban Planning program is an accelerated program of 24 units.[24] Students must take 8 core courses and 2 four-day in-person intensive sessions. The program focuses on four main areas: project and land economics; political, legal, and regulatory process and stakeholder outreach; data analysis, visualization and communication; and urban design and the built environment.[25]

Research Centers

  • Judith and John Bedrosian Center on Governance and the Public Enterprise
  • Center for Economic Development
  • Center for Health Financing, Policy and Management
  • Center for Sustainable Cities
  • Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy
  • Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration
  • Civic Engagement Initiative
  • Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE)
  • Keston Institute for Public Finance and Infrastructure Policy
  • Lusk Center for Real Estate
  • METRANS Transportation Center
  • Population Dynamics Group
  • Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics
  • Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy
  • Tomás Rivera Policy Institute

Notable alumni

Notable faculty


  1. ^ a b c d e "Public Policy | Academics | USC". Retrieved 2021-02-05.
  2. ^ "Dean Jack Knott Announces Departure: A Special Message to the USC Price Community | USC Sol Price School of Public Policy". USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. Retrieved 25 September 2020.
  3. ^ a b Knott, Jack (2011-11-23). "Announcing a Naming Gift for Our Great School". Retrieved 2016-04-15.
  4. ^ "About the Price School". USC Price. Retrieved 2016-04-15.
  5. ^ "USC Price School in Sacramento". USC Price. Archived from the original on 2011-11-26. Retrieved 2016-04-15.
  6. ^ "USC Price School Facts". USC Price. Retrieved 2016-04-15.
  7. ^ School of Urban and Regional Planning, "About the School of Urban and Regional Planning and its 20th Anniversary as the Nation's First Such Autonomous Unit," L.A. Platina, University of Southern California, 1994.
  8. ^ Schenk, Darren (2006-03-23). "Lewis Homes Co-Founder Dies at 84". USC News. Retrieved 2016-04-15.
  9. ^ "Cementing urban ties". USC News. 1995-06-05. Retrieved 2016-04-15.
  10. ^ Sullivan, Meg (1998-08-31). "Public Administration, Urban Planning Combine Forces". USC News. Retrieved 2016-04-15.
  11. ^ Sullivan, Meg (1998). "There's a New School in Town". USC Trojan Magazine. Retrieved 2016-04-15.
  12. ^ Gordon, Larry (November 29, 2011). "USC School of Public Policy gets $50-million gift". LA Times. Retrieved 1 December 2011.
  13. ^ "Best Urban Policy Programs - Top Public Affairs - US News Rankings". U.S. News & World Report. March 2020.
  14. ^ "Best Graduate Public Affairs Programs - US News Rankings". U.S. News & World Report. March 2020.
  15. ^ "Best Nonprofit Management Programs - Top Public Affairs - US News Rankings". U.S. News & World Report. March 2020.
  16. ^ "Best Health Policy and Management Programs - Top Public Affairs - US News Rankings". U.S. News & World Report. March 2020.
  17. ^ "Best Local Government Management Programs - Top Public Affairs - US News Rankings". U.S. News & World Report. March 2020.
  18. ^ "Best Public Management and Leadership Programs - Top Public Affairs - US News Rankings". U.S. News & World Report. March 2020.
  19. ^ "Best Best Public Policy Analysis Programs - Top Public Affairs - US News Rankings". U.S. News & World Report. March 2020.
  20. ^ "The Top Schools For Urban Planners". Planetizen: The Urban Planning, Design, and Development Network. 2014-10-03. Retrieved 2016-04-15.
  21. ^ Policy, USC Price School of Public. "Executive Master of Leadership | USC Price School of Public Policy". Retrieved 2019-05-13.
  22. ^ "Executive Master of Urban Planning Online // USC Price". Retrieved 2018-11-09.
  23. ^
  24. ^ "Executive Master of Urban Planning Online // USC Price". Retrieved 2018-11-28.
  25. ^ "University of Southern California, Online Executive Master of Urban Planning - Planetizen Schools Directory: The Definitive Online Directory of Academic Programs in Urban Planning and Related Fields". Planetizen - Urban Planning News, Jobs, and Education. Retrieved 2018-11-28.
  26. ^ "The Dragons of Troy". USC Trojan Family Magazine. Winter 2006. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2016-04-15.
  27. ^
  28. ^ "Ehsan Zaffar, J.D." Bedrosian Center. 2019-12-03. Retrieved 2020-02-16.

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