Application Procedures

New students are admitted to the Master of Communication Informatics program in the fall term only.

The application deadline for the Master of Communication Informatics program is January 15 for both domestic and international applicants. All official transcripts and test scores must be sent to USC Graduate Admission by January 15.

How to Apply:

1. USC Online Graduate Application. All applicants must complete and submit the USC Online Graduate Application. Apply online:

2. Transcripts. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, sealed by the institution, must be mailed to the USC Graduate Office of Admission:

USC Graduate Office of Admission
University Park Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0915

If sending via a private carrier such as UPS, FedEx, DHL, etc., send transcripts to:

University of Southern California
Office of Admission & Financial Aid
3601 South Flower Street
Tyler 1
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0915

3. GRE General Test. Take the GRE general test. A valid score must be from a test taken within 5 (five) years of the degree program start date. Official scores must be reported from ETS directly to USC using ETS school code 4852. A department code is not required.

4. Letters of Recommendation. 2 (two) letters of recommendation are required. Letters should be from faculty or others (supervisors, professional colleagues, etc.) qualified to evaluate your potential for graduate study. Please enter your recommenders’ information in the USC Online Graduate Application. You must provide recommenders’ names and email addresses on the USC online graduate application and they will receive links to online recommendation forms. Your recommenders should submit a letters of recommendation online in addition to completing the digital recommendation form.

5. Statement of Purpose. The statement of purpose should describe succinctly your reasons for applying to the proposed program at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, your preparation for this field of study, study interests, future career plans, and other aspects of your background and interests which may aid the admissions committee in evaluating your aptitude and motivation for graduate study.

Additional Materials for International Applicants:

TOEFL or IELTS. In addition to the general admission elements listed above, USC Annenberg requires international students whose first language is not English to submit valid TOEFL or IELTS scores; scores are valid if taken within two years of degree program start date. USC Annenberg recommends a minimum TOEFL score of 100 (IBT) or minimum IELTS scores of 7.0 for Communication Informatics applicants.

International applicants who completed their entire undergraduate degree in the U.S. or another Anglophone country where English is both the language of instruction and the only official language of the country are exempt from submitting TOEFL or IELTS scores. Completing a graduate degree in an Anglophone country does not exempt you from submitting TOEFL or IELTS scores.

For the TOEFL, request to have your test scores reported electronically using institution code 4852. For IELTS, select “University of Southern California Graduate Programs.”