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 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 January application deadlines, Annenberg Admissions officers will host virtual office hours. These drop-in Zoom sessions will be available for any graduate applicant with questions about the application process. 

Tuesday, December 20, 2022

6 p.m. PT

Thursday, January 5, 2023

6 p.m. PT

Join Zoom Session

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 Data Science (MS) December 15, 2022 Application guidelines
Public Relations and Advertising (MA) January 1, 2023 Application guidelines
Journalism (MS) January 10, 2023 Application guidelines
Digital Social Media (MS) January 15, 2023 Application guidelines
Specialized Journalism (MA) January 15, 2023 Application guidelines
Specialized Journalism (The Arts) (MA) January 15, 2023 Application guidelines
Public Diplomacy (MPD) January 15, 2023 Application guidelines
Communication Management (MCG) March 1, 2023 Application guidelines
Global Communication (MA) /
Global Media (MSc)
Open Application guidelines
Communication (PhD) CLOSED Late applications are not accepted.