Graduate Applicants

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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


Application Q&A

Leading up to the 2024 application deadlines, Annenberg Admissions will host virtual application workshops and office hours. 

Application Workshop

30-minute Zoom session to guide applicants in submitting a complete application for consideration.

December 6 at 3 p.m.

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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.

Degree Program Deadline Info
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)
OPEN Application guidelines

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.

Degree Program Deadline Info
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