Graduate Students

Commencement


USC holds a Commencement ceremony every May for all students who complete degree programs during the academic year (the previous fall, the current spring, and those who anticipate finishing in summer). USC’s next Commencement will be May 12, 2017. Annenberg hosts its own graduation (satellite) ceremonies for its students on the same day following the USC ceremony.

Students may request permission to participate in the Annenberg satellite Commencement ceremony even if they do not anticipate completing their degree program until the following fall semester. While such students are not eligible to be listed in the university-published Commencement Program, they may have their name listed in the Annenberg Commencement Program and may participate in the ceremony.

Neither USC nor Annenberg distribute actual diplomas at Commencement. Students who participate in the satellite ceremony receive a diploma cover and a certificate of participation. Degrees are conferred only after all degree requirements are verified. It will take approximately 4 – 6 weeks for students to receive their diplomas, which are mailed by the Diploma Coordinator. It is important that your mailing address is correct in the USC system.

Any student wishing to verify completion of their degree before their diploma arrives may order a final transcript as soon as all degree requirements are verified and the degree is conferred. Students should contact their advisor for the exact date of conferral.
 

Academic Forms

Graduate Students Advisement

  • Spring, Summer, Fall

    Ph.D.

    For continuing students, below are the advisement dates: For the Spring semester, advisement begins on October 15 and concludes on November 15 For the Summer and Fall semesters, advisement begins on March 15 and concludes on April 15 To make your advisement appointment, please follow the instructions sent to you in the e-mail from Anne Marie Campian.

  • Spring, Summer, Fall

    Master of Communication Management

    For continuing students, below are the advisement dates: For the Spring semester, advisement begins on October 13 and concludes on October 27. For the Summer and Fall semesters, advisement begins on March 15 and concludes on April 15. To make your advisement appointment, please follow the instructions sent to you in the e-mail from your academic advisor.

  • March 15

    M.S. Digital Social Media

    For the Summer and Fall semesters, advisement will take place between March 15 and April 15.

  • Spring, Summer, Fall

    M.A. Global Communication

    For continuing students, below are the advisement dates: For the Spring semester, advisement will take place in October and details are forthcoming. For the Summer and Fall semesters, advisement will take place at LSE on March 15.

  • Mid-October

    M.S. Journalism

    For continuing students, below are the advisement dates: For the Spring semester, advisement begins in mid-October and details will be emailed to you by your academic advisor. To make your advisement appointment, please follow the instructions sent to you in the e-mail from your academic advisor.

  • Spring, Summer, Fall

    Master of Public Diplomacy

    For continuing students, below are the advisement dates: For the Spring semester, advisement begins in mid-October and details will be emailed to you by your academic advisor. For the Summer and Fall semesters, advisement begins on March 15 and concludes on April 15. To make your advisement appointment, please follow the instructions sent to you in the e-mail from your academic advisor.

  • Mid-October

    M.A. Specialized Journalism

    For continuing students, below are the advisement dates: For the Spring semester, advisement begins in mid-October and details will be emailed to you by your academic advisor. To make your advisement appointment, please follow the instructions sent to you in the e-mail from your academic advisor.

  • Mid-October

    M.A. Specialized Journalism (The Arts)

    For continuing students, below are the advisement dates: For the Spring semester, advisement begins in mid-October and details will be emailed to you by your academic advisor. To make your advisement appointment, please follow the instructions sent to you in the e-mail from your academic advisor.

  • Spring, Summer, Fall

    M.A. Strategic Public Relations

    For continuing students, below are the advisement dates: For the Spring semester, advisement begins in mid-October and details will be emailed to you by your academic advisor. For the Summer and Fall semesters, advisement begins the week after Spring Break and concludes in early April. To make your advisement appointment, please follow the instructions sent to you in the e-mail from your academic advisor.

Ph.D.

Students in the Doctor of Philosophy in Communication learn theories that guide research into communication processes and effects and into institutions and technologies that lend pattern to communication.

For additional information regarding the program, please click on the Annenberg Admissions link below. 

Anne Marie Campian
Senior Graduate Advisor
School of Communication
campian@usc.edu
(213) 740-0903
FAX: (213) 740-8036
Administers the Ph.D. in Communication program

Your Orientation Program Ph.D.

Ph.D. students will be sent information regarding Orientation via e-mail.

Master of Communication Management

The Master of Communication Management program teaches concepts and skills relevant to today's communication professional.  You will learn how to design and execute effective communication strategies and tactics across a range of settings, such as supporting a corporation in crisis to regain credibility, or crafting a compelling story for a non-profit organization, or researching new markets for an emerging brand.  Throughout the program, you will enhance your critical thinking, presentation and writing skills, to be persuasive to colleagues and clients.  USC Annenberg offers two delivery methods for this degree.

You may complete the degree program at your own pace.  The fastest pace is four terms (fall, spring, summer and fall) taking two courses in the first term and up to three courses (with faculty approval) in subsequent terms.  The slowest pace is one course per term (with or without summer sessions).  However, most students complete the degree program in two years (without summer sessions).  International students on an F-1 visa must enroll in a minimum of 8 units (two courses) each Fall and Spring semester.

The Communication Management program (CMGT) requires 32 units of course work to graduate.  Each CMGT course is 4 units.  Required courses include:

  •     CMGT 540:  Uses of Communication Research (taken in the student's first fall semester).
  •     CMGT 501:  Communication Management Pro-Seminar (taken in the student's first spring semester).
  •     CMGT 597a and CMGT 597b:  Communication Research Practicum (taken in the student's penultimate and final semesters respectively).


Communication Management is a broad field that encompasses many different specialties and disciplines.  In the on-campus program, you may strategically hone in on a focus for depth and choose another area or two to develop breadth in your studies.  Each area has its associated courses that are organized into five areas of focus below:

  •     Marketing Communication
  •     Entertainment Management
  •     Health and Social Change
  •     International and Intercultural
  •     Organizational and Strategic Communication

Your Orientation Program Master of Communication Management

The Fall 2017 Masters of Communication Management Orientation program is scheduled for Thursday, August 17, 2017.  Information regarding the orientation program will be sent by email to all incoming students.

We look forward to seeing you at orientation!

M.S. Digital Social Media

The M.S. in Digital Social Media teaches you leadership and management of social media, digital media and online communities.  You will develop expertise in the practice, theory and strategies that are essential for success in today's business and social landscape. Topics include design and management of social media sites and apps, game development and theory, entrepreneurship, innovative uses of emerging technologies, and creation of content and strategy, as well as the science of persuasion and affiliation.  

You will gain a broad understanding about the underlying social science theories and the human behaviors that underpin human activity in the digital sector.  Overall, you will develop expertise in the leadership and management of digital social media, whether focused on a business, nonprofit, activity, product, service or opportunity.  

The M.S. in Digital Social Media requires 32 units of graduate study.  It is a full-time program that is completed in one calendar year, January to December.

Your Orientation Program M.S. Digital Social Media

Information regarding the orientation program will be emailed to all incoming students.

We look forward to seeing you at orientation!

M.A. Global Communication

The Master of Arts in Global Communication requires 42 units to graduate; 18 units earned at the London School of Economics (LSE) and 24 units earned at USC.

Year at LSE: The LSE academic year has three terms. Students will complete classes approved by faculty at the LSE. Students must earn at least 3 units at LSE, which articulates as 18 units at USC.

Year at USC: Students must complete COMM 598 as well as 20 elective units from the School of Communication graduate curriculum. Students may choose one of their elective courses from a department outside Annenberg with the approval of their advisor.

Students will produce a final research project on global communication that will be the product of work done at the LSE and Annenberg. Students complete a research project during the summer after their year at the LSE for which grades are awarded by LSE faculty. A passing grade is required. They will continue to develop this project during their year at Annenberg in COMM 598 and must earn a grade of B- or higher.

Students will be awarded a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Global Communication by USC as well as a Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Global Media and Communications by the LSE.

Your Orientation Program M.A. Global Communication

Information regarding the fall 2017 orientation program will be emailed to all incoming students.

We look forward to seeing you at orientation!

M.S. Journalism

At USC Annenberg, we are setting a new direction in graduate journalism education.  The nine-month M.S. in Journalism degree program will provide opportunities for you to cover stories and explore technological possibilities on the front lines of the communication revolution.

The USC Annenberg School prepares graduates for significant careers in journalism.  Our 36-unit, nine-month program -- the foundation of which is built on reporting and writing -- teaches you how to produce digital content across all platforms (broadcast, online and print), understand the importance of context and analysis, and embrace the role of diverse communities in storytelling.  Through a variety of core and elective courses taught by a world-class award winning faculty, you hone a journalistic sensibility that prepares you for a rapidly changing profession.  Optional media internships are available following the final semester of the degree program.

Your USC Annenberg experience will begin with a three-week digital news immersion.  During the two semesters that follow, you will gain hands-on, real-world experience covering news stories throughout Los Angeles.  Classroom work includes topics such as entrepreneurship and data.  Following the second semester, optional media internships are available.

Your Orientation Program M.S. Journalism

The fall 2017 orientation program will be integrated into the Summer Digital News Immersion.  Information regarding the Summer Digital News Immersion will be emailed to all incoming students in summer 2017.

Master of Public Diplomacy

The Master of Public Diplomacy combines the resources of the Annenberg School for Communication and USC College's School of International Relations. This program is designed for students who already have a substantial undergraduate background in social sciences or relevant professional experience in subjects such as communications, film and media studies, journalism, political science, public relations, and international relations. Students in the program may decided to emphasize public diplomacy training most appropriately for a career in public service, the corporate world or in a non-govermental organization (NGO) working the ever-expanding global civil society.

Requirements for the completion of this degree program are 49 units, including the required substantive paper or alternative project. Students must complete each class with a grade of "C" or better and must maintain a 3.0 grade point average.

Your Orientation Program Master of Public Diplomacy

Information regarding the fall 2017 orientation program will be emailed to all incoming students.

We look forward to seeing you at orientation!

M.A. Specialized Journalism

The Master of Arts in Specialized Journalism is a program focusing on experienced professionals who are choosing to specialize in a field of journalism that requires advanced reporting skills and subject matter expertise. The program is also open to recent journalism school graduates with records of excellence in their university classes and internships and to other outstanding applicants with demonstrated aptitude and experience in journalism.

Your Orientation Program M.A. Specialized Journalism

The fall 2017 orientation program will be integrated into the Summer Digital News Immersion.  Information regarding the Summer Digital News Immersion will be emailed to all incoming students in summer 2017.

M.A. Specialized Journalism (The Arts)

The Master of Arts in Specialized Journalism (The Arts) is a program for journalists as well as recent graduates holding bachelor's degrees in journalism or one of the arts or experienced practitioners with a background in the arts who seek to specialize in coverage of the arts and culture. Students will complete 18 units of specialized journalism course work, including a master's professional project, taken within USC Annenberg's School of Journalism and 16 units of approved elective course work from faculty-recommended lists in at least two arts schools with at least 8 units from one school. The arts schools are Architecture, Cinematic Arts, Fine Arts, Music and Theatre.

Your Orientation Program M.A. Specialized Journalism (The Arts)

The fall 2017 orientation program will be integrated into the Summer Digital News Immersion.  Information regarding the Summer Digital News Immersion will be emailed to all incoming students in summer 2017.

M.A. Strategic Public Relations

In the Strategic Public Relations program, you will gain in-depth knowledge of the profession and the practice while completing your graduate studies. While you are absorbing the concepts underlying modern Public Relations and honing your strategic planning, writing, media relations and communication skills, you will also be building an understanding of the day-to-day work of Public Relations professionals.

Your Orientation Program M.A. Strategic Public Relations

Information regarding the fall 2017 orientation program will be emailed to all incoming students.

We look forward to seeing you at orientation!