Public Relations and Advertising (MA) Fall 2023
When is the application deadline?
The application deadline was December 1, 2022 for international applicants. Late applications will not be accepted. The U.S. citizen and permanent resident application deadline is January 1, 2023 for admission and scholarship consideration. Admissions to the MA in Public Relations and Advertising is limited to the Fall term only.
What content should be in my application résumé?
List positions held, including internships, nature of work and dates of employment. Include academic and professional awards, honors, association memberships, subject matter expertise, language(s) other than English, and your familiarity with any research or communications technologies, i.e. software for design, audio/video production, blogging, data analysis, content development, presentations, etc
What content should be in my personal statement?
The MA in Public Relations and Advertising provides students with applied knowledge and skills for a career in the greater communication space, including, but not limited to, public relations, advertising, digital communication, influencer relations, brand activations, corporate communications, etc.
The admissions committee will include your responses to these questions in evaluating your application for graduate admission. In two- to four-page persuasive essay, respond to the following:
- Why are you interested in studying public relations and advertising at the graduate level?
- What area(s) within the greater public relations and advertising space interests you?
- What makes you an exceptional candidate to study public relations and advertising at USC Annenberg?
- What is it about the Public Relations and Advertising degree program that inspired you to apply?
What type of writing sample is required?
The writing sample may take various forms: a report for your organization, news releases for clients, articles or a series of blog posts, a set of substantial memos to your superiors successfully arguing for a particular position, or an academic paper for a college or university course. The writing sample may not exceed 10 pages.
*OPTIONAL: Audio and video content may be uploaded to the USC Graduate application in SlideRoom. Content must be solely created by you. You will access the SlideRoom application under the “Programs Materials” section of the UCS CAS application. To ensure that your USC and SlideRoom applications sync properly, it is important that you access SlideRoom via the USC Graduate application only.
May I submit audio or video content?
The submission of audio or video content is optional. Audio and video may be uploaded to the USC Graduate application in SlideRoom. Content must be solely created by you. You will access the SlideRoom application under the “Programs Materials” section of the UCS CAS application. In order to ensure that your USC and SlideRoom applications sync properly, it is important that you access SlideRoom via the USC Graduate application only.
How many letters of recommendation are needed and from whom?
Two online letters of recommendation are required and professional recommendations are expected. If you are a recent college/university graduate, submit one academic reference and one professional reference. You must provide recommenders’ names and e-mail addresses on the online application and they will receive online recommendation forms. Your recommenders must submit a letter of recommendation online in addition to completing the digital recommendation form.
What admission test scores are required?
USC Annenberg has suspended the GRE requirement for all graduate applicants for admission to the 2023 admission cycle. All international student applicants whose native language is not English are expected to demonstrate adequate spoken and written English-language proficiency. To learn more about how to satisfy this requirement, click here. Also, review the USC Graduate Admission video tutorial titled, “English Proficiency Requirements for International Students” for more details.
What if English is my second language?
The USC Annenberg MA in Public Relations and Advertising is a very language-intensive program that requires excellent English-language skills. Only applicants who demonstrate the ability to speak and write in English on a professional level will be considered for admission. For that reason the graduate admission committee expects students to have significantly higher scores in standardized English-language tests than listed here.
All students whose native language is not English will be asked to complete writing and speaking assessments as part of the application process. Applicants who do not feel comfortable taking language assessment tests are not encouraged to apply to the MA in Public Relations and Advertising.
Are English classes required?
Based on demonstrated English language proficiency, some international applicants may be required to complete a USC International Academy Intensive English Program before admission to the MA in Public Relations and Advertising. Visit http://www.international.usc.edu for more information.
What financial support is available?
Departmental merit scholarships and fellowships are competitively awarded. All completed applications are considered for admission and departmental awards. The MA in Public Relations and Advertising is a Yellow Ribbon-designated degree program.
All US citizens and permanent residents are urged to submit a FAFSA after the admission application deadline.
International student applicants will find critical information at http://gradadm.usc.edu/international-students-financial-documentation.