Graduate Applicants

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

Our faculty — leading scholars and industry professionals — will personally teach, train and mentor you as the future leaders of their fields. Whether it’s discussing complex theories, providing feedback on a capstone project, or empowering you to deploy emerging strategies, our faculty 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 professions forward.

With USC Annenberg’s position in the complex, dynamic and culturally rich 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, our students. You will forge a professional trajectory marked by both success and fulfillment as you join our community of high-achieving students, expert faculty, professional career development advisors, and accomplished alumni with careers across industry, policy work and NGOs, and academia.

How to apply for admission

Application guidelines, dates and deadlines

Carefully review the Graduate Application Guidelines for admission before initiating the online USC Graduate Application.

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Program Deadline Info
Global Communication (MA) /
Global Media (MSc)
Open Application guidelines
Communication (PhD) Closed 2021 Application guidelines will be available by July 1, 2020.
Communication Data Science (MS) Closed 2021 Application guidelines will be available by August 1, 2020.
Digital Social Media (MS) Closed 2021 Application guidelines will be available by August 1, 2020.
Journalism (MS) Closed 2021 Application guidelines will be available by August 1, 2020.
Public Diplomacy (MPD) Closed 2021 Application guidelines will be available by August 1, 2020.
Specialized Journalism (MA) Closed 2021 Application guidelines will be available by August 1, 2020.
Specialized Journalism (The Arts) (MA) Closed 2021 Application guidelines will be available by August 1, 2020.
Strategic Public Relations (MA) Closed 2021 Application guidelines will be available by August 1, 2020.
Communication Management (MCG) Closed 2021 Application guidelines will be available by July 1, 2020