Graduate Applicants

Through our 10 graduate degree programs in communication, journalism, public diplomacy and public relations, we will prepare you to be a highly skilled professional at the forefront of the evolving communications and media landscape.

Our faculty — leading scholars and industry experts — draw on their deep knowledge and experience to equip you with the research methods, tactical skills and entrepreneurial spirit needed to reinvent and drive our fields forward.

With USC Annenberg’s location in the dynamic city of Los Angeles, you will also be ideally positioned to tap into our local, national and global networks and the connections we make for, and share with you. You will advance your academic and career trajectories through our community of high-achieving students, distinguished faculty, mentors, advisors, and accomplished alumni.

How to apply for admission

Application guidelines, dates and deadlines

Carefully review the Graduate Application Guidelines before initiating the online USC Graduate Admission Application. Click here for video instructions on navigating the application.

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Program Deadline Info
Communication (PhD) December 1, 2020 Application Guidelines
Communication Data Science (MS) December 15, 2020 Application Guidelines
Public Relations and Advertising (MA) January 1, 2021 Application Guidelines
Communication Management (MCG) January 1, 2021 Application Guidelines
Specialized Journalism (MA) January 10, 2021 Application Guidelines
Specialized Journalism (The Arts) (MA) January 10, 2021 Application Guidelines
Journalism (MS) January 10, 2021 Application Guidelines
Public Diplomacy (MPD) January 15, 2021 Application Guidelines
Digital Social Media (MS) January 15, 2021 Application Guidelines
Global Communication (MA) /
Global Media (MSc)
Open Application Guidelines