Strategic Public Relations (MA) Fall 2020
When is the application deadline?
The application deadline is January 1, 2020 for admission and scholarship consideration.
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?
This statement, which should convey your passion for the field, should be two to four pages long, typed and double spaced. Please provide a clear, concise and well‐written essay that includes facts, not conjecture and don’t submit a cookie-cutter response to the questions below; we want to know about you. Take special care to craft an authentic personal statement in their own words that is free of grammatical errors. The statement should address the following questions:
- What are your thoughts about public relations as a profession?
- Why are you interested in studying public relations at the graduate level?
- What area or type of public relations interests you?
- What makes you an exceptional candidate to study public relations at USC Annenberg?
- What is it about USC Annenberg’s M.A. in Strategic Public Relations that inspired you to apply?
What type of writing sample is required?
The writing may take various forms: a report for your organization, press releases for clients, news articles, 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 should not exceed 10 pages.
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 test scores must I submit to apply?
Valid GRE scores are required. In addition, international student applicants must submit valid TOEFL or IELTS scores based on where the bachelor’s degree was completed.
What if English is my second language? 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 M.A. in Strategic Public Relations. 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 M.A. in Strategic Public Relations 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.