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


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Graduate Program Year-Ahead Videos

View recorded year-ahead session videos featuring faculty program directors outlining what a typical first year of being a USC Annenberg graduate student is like.

Application Requirements

Application requirements for 2025 admission to the Communication PhD will be available on July 1, 2024. Master’s degree program requirements will be available on August 1, 2024. Late applications for fall 2024 admission are not accepted.

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