Admission FAQ

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?

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.

Where do I go to learn more about USC Annenberg graduate degree programs?

Review the academic pages for detailed information about our one doctoral degree and 10 master’s degree programs.

How can I be considered for graduate scholarships, grants and fellowships?

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.

Will I receive graduate credit for previous graduate coursework?

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.

What is the cost of attendance?

Refer to Tuition, Financial Aid and Scholarships for the estimated cost of attendance and details about funding your graduate education.

Preparing to apply for graduate admissions

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.

Where can I get technical help with the online graduate admission application?

Email Liaison Technical Support at Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Central Time.

Preparing to enroll for graduate students

When may admitted graduate students visit campus?

Virtual programs will be offered for admitted students in February and April depending on the degree program to which you were admitted. Anticipate receiving detailed information after you receive official decision notification from USC Graduate Admission. You may arrange an individual class visit or building tour by emailing USC Annenberg Admissions at after April 8, 2022. You may also take a self-guided virtual tour of campus here

How do I accept/decline my offer of admission?

Log in to the graduate application here to accept or decline your offer of admission. This link is also provided in your official decision notification from USC Graduate Admission.

Is there an enrollment deposit?

There is no enrollment deposit for USC Annenberg graduate degree programs. Simply follow instructions in your official decision notification to indicate your intent to enroll.

How do I register for classes?

Registration for USC Annenberg coursework begins after you accept your offer of admission. Anticipate receiving detailed information from our Graduate Advisement Office after May 15.

Undergraduate admissions

What majors are offered at USC Annenberg and where do I go to learn about each one?

USC Annenberg offers three majors: communication, journalism and public relations. Read full descriptions at the links provided.

Where do I find information about the first-year and transfer admission?

Find essential information for first-year applicants and transfer applicants at USC Admission. For information about the student experience at USC Annenberg, visit our undergraduate applicants page.

How do I speak with someone regarding first-year and transfer admission?

Find your USC Admission counselor on the USC Admission site.