Specialized Journalism (The Arts) (M.A.) Summer 2020
When is the application deadline?
The application deadline is January 31, 2020 for admission and scholarship consideration.
What content should be in my résumé?
List all employment (paid and unpaid) including nature of work and dates of employment. Also, include academic and professional awards, honors, teaching experience, exhibitions, work published or produced, subject matter expertise, language(s) proficiency other than English, and your familiarity with research or communications technologies, e.g. web design, television or radio production, video editing, podcasting, etc.
What should I address in my personal statement?
Consider the following prompts:
- How do you foresee the future of arts journalism?
- Imagine the role you will play in the arts ecosystem as a key player in our digitally-connected age. What is most important to you and why? What are you curious to learn?
- Provide an anecdote that either tells us about a point in your life when you thought something was unfair or one that reveals a change of mind, when your assumptions were challenged and how this connects to your decision to apply to this graduate program.
Your statement should be no more than 1,500 words (single or double spaced).
What pieces comprise the professional portfolio?
For journalists, submit both of the following:
1. Samples of professional journalism work that are the equivalent to five short pieces (550 words or less) or two longer features (up to 3,000 words). You may submit video or podcast, in which case the short pieces should be no longer than three minutes and the long pieces should be no more than 20 minutes. If live links are unavailable, upload the samples as attachments.
2. A bibliography of up to 10 – – and no fewer than three – of your published, broadcast or online works in journalism, ideally two years old or less. In addition, if you design or manage a website, include the link.
If you are an editor or producer, supply up to 10 – and no fewer than three – samples of work with an explanation of your contribution.
For arts practitioners (artists) and recent graduates, submit no fewer than five links to your recent work (from three years ago max), each being no less than 550 words and not more than 1,100. These may be video or podcasts of your visual art, music compositions, etc., no longer than 20 minutes. Written work unrelated to the arts is accepted, but there should be no more than two of these. Blogs are considered published work; provide links. Academic papers will also be accepted. If you want us to look at your body of work as an artist, submit no fewer than five links to your recent work (from three years ago max); in addition show us written work samples, as per instructions above in this section.
How many letters of recommendation are needed and from whom?
Two professional recommendations are expected. If you are a recent college or university graduate with no work experience, submit one academic recommendation and one from an internship supervisor.
What test scores are required?
Valid GRE scores are required for all applicants. In addition, international applicants must submit valid TOEFL or IELTS scores based on where the bachelor’s degree was completed.
What financial support is available?
Departmental merit scholarships and fellowships are competitively awarded. All completed applications are considered for admission and departmental awards.
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.
Go to https://usc.liaisoncas.com to apply.
The online USC Graduate Admission application will open on September 1, 2019.
Upload official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (including USC) to the Academic History section of the application.
- Include the legend for domestic institutions and the grading scale for international institutions.
- International transcripts should include the original language and the English translation as one document.
- Do not upload transcripts from your student portal.
Upload the following documents before submitting your application:
- CV/ Résumé
- Personal Statement
- Writing Sample
- Copy of your official passport (International Applicants only)
- Proof of Financial Support (International Applicants Only)
After receiving your USC ID*, mail official transcripts (original language and English translation) from all colleges and universities attended and any study abroad programs to:
University of Southern California
Office of Graduate Admission
3601 South Flower St., Room 112
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0915
*USC Graduate Admission will send your USC ID via email 2-3 days after you submit your online graduate admission application.
All program materials must be submitted online with the application in English. Once the application has been submitted, you may not upload or change any program materials. Once submitted, all materials and documents become the property of USC and will not be returned.
Create online profiles in the Program Materials section of the application by providing names and email addresses of your recommenders. Your recommenders will be sent instructions on how to submit a recommendation. USC Annenberg only accepts online recommendations.
Valid test scores must be reported electronically from the testing agency to USC (code 4852 for GRE and TOEFL. For IELTS, select University of Southern California Graduate Programs).
- GRE scores are valid if taken July 2015 or later.
- International applicants must submit valid TOEFL or IELTS scores; scores are valid if taken July 2018 or later.
- International applicants who completed their entire undergraduate degree in the United States or another Anglophone country where English is both the language of instruction and the only official language of the country are exempt from submitting TOEFL or IELTS scores. Completing a graduate degree in an Anglophone county does not exempt you from submitting TOEFL or IELTS scores.
- Complete all admission testing as early as possible and no later than one month prior to the application deadline.
Pay the $90 non-refundable application fee with a credit card or request an application fee waiver prior to submitting an application. Fee waiver requirements may be found at USC Graduate Admission website: