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 on the USC campus 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
As you prepare to apply to an Annenberg graduate degree program, consider these useful tips:
Application deadlines and guidelines
View the table on this page for degree program deadlines and guidelines for applying. Read the guidelines carefully before initiating your application.
Complete the required admission testing appropriate for your degree program. Submit scores after you submit your application.
Attend an information session or webinar
Register for sessions beginning in late September at Connect and Visit. Application workshops will be held before each deadline.
Have a copy of your official transcript from all colleges/universities attended in hand to upload to your online graduate application. After submitting your application, request to have those official transcripts sent from your institutions directly to USC.
Letters of recommendation
Identify recommenders that can speak to your ability to be successful in graduate study.
Follow these six steps to submit your graduate application on time:
1. Access the online USC Graduate Admission Application
Review the application guidelines for your degree program before initiating the online USC Graduate Admission Application. Complete all required fields and upload all required supplemental documents.
2. Double-check documents
Read and spell-check every document before uploading to your application. Once you submit your application, you may not correct or replace uploaded documents.
3. Enter recommenders
You must enter the name and email address for each recommender on your online USC Graduate Application. Your recommender will receive the necessary instructions to submit a recommendation on your behalf. Paper copies of recommendation letters will not be accepted.
4. Upload official transcripts
Upload copies of official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended (including USC) to the Academic History section of the online graduate application. Include the legend for domestic institutions and the grading scale for international institutions.
5. Submit application
Submit your online USC Graduate Application by the application deadline. You may submit your online application before taking graduate admission tests. Review the graduate application guidelines for more details.
6. Send official transcripts and test scores
After you submit your online USC Graduate Application, USC Graduate Admission will email you a USC ID number within 72 hours. You will use your USC ID when sending your official transcripts. Official transcripts must be sent directly to the USC Office of Graduate Admission using the College/University Transcript Cover Page.
Request to have your admission test results sent to USC using the following codes:
- TOEFL – 4852
- IELTS – Select University of Southern California Graduate Programs
If you will be entering or have already entered the United States with an F-1 or J-1 student visa, you must apply as an international student.
Proof of financial support
International applicants must submit documented evidence of financial support. Before submitting your application, you may upload your statement of financial support and a copy of your passport to the Supporting Information section of the online graduate application. Alternatively, after you receive an offer of admission, you may submit the statement of financial support and passport to USC Graduate Admission.
Application status checks
On-demand application status checks are not provided. You will be notified via email from USC Graduate Admission or USC Annenberg Admissions if materials are required to complete your application. Regularly check the email (and junk folder) that you provided on your application for admission updates and announcements.
Visit USC Graduate Admissions Financial Support for instructions.
English proficiency requirements
International graduate applicants must demonstrate English-language proficiency by submitting either TOEFL or IELTS scores. This requirement may only be waived under the following circumstances:
- Your entire undergraduate degree was completed in the United States or another Anglophone country.
- Your native language is English. This applies to English speakers from countries such as the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Canada (except Quebec) where English is both the only official language of the country and the language of instruction.
Please refer to the USC English Proficiency Requirements for details.
TOEFL or IELTS score minimums
The recommended minimum score for TOEFL is 114 and 8.0 for IELTS. However, all completed applications for admission are reviewed by the faculty admission committee even if you score below the minimum.
Important links for international students
Application status checks
Annenberg Admissions does not provide on-demand application status checks. You will be notified via email by USC Graduate Admission and USC Annenberg Admissions if materials are required to complete your application.
Admission decision notification dates vary by degree program. Official admission decisions are released from USC Graduate Admission. You will receive an email notification from the Office of Graduate Admission informing you that a decision has been made. When you receive the decision notification, follow the instructions in the email to register and view your decision at youSC.
Leading up to the 2024 application deadlines, Annenberg Admissions will host virtual application workshops and office hours.
30-minute Zoom session to guide applicants in submitting a complete application for consideration.
December 6 at 3 p.m.
Join Zoom Session
Application Office Hours
These 30-minute drop-in Zoom sessions will be available for any graduate applicant with questions about the application process.
December 13 at 3:30 p.m.
January 4 at 4 p.m.
January 11 at 4 p.m.
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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.
|Communication (PhD)||December 1, 2023||Application guidelines|
|Communication Data Science (MS)||December 15, 2023||Application guidelines|
|Digital Social Media (MS)||January 5, 2024||Application guidelines|
|Public Relations and Advertising (MA)||January 5, 2024||Application guidelines|
|Journalism (MS)||January 8, 2024||Application guidelines|
|Specialized Journalism (MA)||January 14, 2024||Application guidelines|
|Specialized Journalism (Arts and Culture) (MA)||January 14, 2024||Application guidelines|
|Public Diplomacy (MPD)||January 15, 2024||Application guidelines|
|Communication Management (MCG)||March 1, 2024||Application guidelines|
|Global Media and Communication (MA) /
Global Media and Communications (MSc)
Online programs application guidelines
USC Annenberg’s online master’s programs offer admission every fall, spring and summer term. To learn more about each program’s admission guidelines and deadlines, and to find contact information for each program, please visit the program webpages linked below. Note: USC Annenberg’s online programs do not qualify to issue Form I-20 to international students.
|Communication Management (MCG) (Online)||OPEN||Application guidelines|
|Digital Media Management (MS) (Online)||OPEN||Application guidelines|
|Public Relations Innovation, Strategy and Management (MS) (Online)||OPEN||Application guidelines|