Global Communication


The USC Annenberg School and the London School of Economics & Political Science joint master’s degree program enables you to study in two of the world’s global media capitals. You will have access to experts in new technology, global media, international telecommunications and media studies. As a professional with a global perspective, you will have the opportunity to play a powerful role in redefining the way the world communicates.

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of the Global Communication Program you should be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of mediation in the global context through engagement with the phenomenon of global communication;

  2. develop and critically assess existing research as it relates to global communication;

  3. understand the value of cross-cultural communication and the exchange of ideas for the purpose of shaping global communication;

  4. produce independent, original scholarly work of publishable or "conference quality.”


This is a two-year program during which you spend your first year at the LSE and their second year at USC Annenberg. For work completed during the year at the LSE, you receive the equivalent of 18 USC units. To earn the MSc and M.A. degrees, you must complete 24 units of coursework during the year at USC Annenberg.


Year at LSE
The LSE academic year has three terms. You are required to take the four core courses, plus two optional courses and to write a dissertation. It is possible to take courses offered in other LSE departments, provided previous agreement from the supervisor. The LSE webpage for the Global Media and Communication program provides additional details.


Year at USC Annenberg
You will complete a research practicum as well as 20 elective units (four courses) from the School of Communication graduate curriculum. You may choose one of your elective courses from a department outside Annenberg with the approval of your advisors.

You will produce a final research project on global communication that will be the product of work done at both the LSE and Annenberg. You complete a dissertation during the summer after your year at the LSE, for which grades are awarded by LSE faculty. You will continue to develop the thesis during the year at Annenberg in the research practicum.

About the London School of Economics and Political Science

From its foundation, The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) has aimed to be a laboratory of the social sciences, a place where ideas are developed, analyzed, evaluated and disseminated around the globe. Few university institutions in the world are as international as the LSE.

How to Apply

Admission to the M.A. in Global Communication/MSc in Global Media and Communications degree program is limited to the fall term. You must submit application materials to the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. For applicants required to take English proficiency exams, the IELTS are strongly preferred.

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Class Profile & Careers

The following are sample career placements for some of the recent alumni of the M.A. in Global Communication program:

  • Brink's Global Services, Business Analyst
  • Disney Channels Worldwide, Worldwide Programming Strategy and Acquisitions Coordinator
  • Fox Searchlight Entertainment, Publicity
  • Future Think, Marketing Analyst
  • Hill & Knowlton, Account Coordinator
  • Linden Lab, Community Manager
  • Overamerica Media Group, Advertising Assistant
  • Southern California Grantmakers, Communications Associate

Below are some of the key faculty that teach in the Global Communication degree program:

/images/faculty/rileyp.jpg Patricia Riley
Associate Professor; Director, Global Communication master's degree program

Expertise: Globalization, Media Management, New Media, Organizational Communication, Research Methods