Please find answers to frequently asked questions related to the admissions process below. The questions are updated periodically with information relevant to where you may be in your degree exploration and application process, so check back frequently.
- General information for graduate applicants
- How do I speak with someone regarding admission?
- Are TOEFL, IELTS or PTE scores required if I graduate from a university in the United States?
- Where do I go to learn more about USC Annenberg graduate degree programs?
- How can I be considered for graduate scholarships, grants and fellowships?
- Will I receive graduate credit for previous graduate coursework?
- What is the cost of attendance?
- Preparing to apply for graduate admissions
- Undergraduate admissions
How do I speak with someone regarding admission?
All prospective graduate students may attend our Virtual Prospective Graduate Student Visit Day. This program will feature degree program information sessions, student panels and staff presentations. Details will be shared after Sept. 1, 2021 on the USC Annenberg Connect and Visit web page.
Are TOEFL, IELTS or PTE scores required if I graduate from a university in the United States?
If you completed all four years or your bachelor’s degree in the United States or another Anglophone country, TOEFL, IELTS or PTE are waived. Completing a graduate degree in the United States or another Anglophone country does not exempt you from submitting valid English Language Proficiency results.
Learn more about the USC English language Proficiency Criteria.
Review the academic pages for detailed information about our one doctoral degree and 10 master’s degree programs.
All completed master’s degree admission applications are considered for admission and USC Annenberg departmental scholarships, grants and fellowships. No additional application is required. The number of awards is limited each year, so many highly qualified candidates do not receive awards. For this reason, you are encouraged to seek outside scholarships offered by foundations, corporations, and organizations. If you are a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident, you can apply for need-based financial aid. Refer to USC Financial Aid for details.
Graduate coursework taken at another institution within the United States can be made available for transfer credit at USC upon request. Refer to the graduate transfer policy at USC Office of Academic Records and Registrar.
Refer to Tuition, Financial Aid and Scholarships for the estimated cost of attendance and details about funding your graduate education.
Can my writing sample(s) and statement of purpose be sent after I submit my graduate application?
Your writing sample(s) and statement of purpose must be uploaded to your application prior to submission. In addition to these documents, a copy of your official transcript and resume (or CV) must be uploaded prior to submission.
Email Liaison Technical Support at firstname.lastname@example.org Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Central Time.
Find your USC Admission counselor on the USC Admission site.