Communication Management (MCG) Fall 2022

When is the application deadline?

The international application deadline is January 1, 2022.

The U.S. citizen and U.S. permanent resident deadline is March 1, 2022. Admission decisions are released on a rolling basis.

What should I include in my résumé?

List all internships and paid employment. Describe the nature of work and dates of employment. Include academic and professional awards, honors, teaching experience, subject matter expertise, and language(s) proficiency other than English. As part of your education, include your high school name, city, and graduation date.

What is the personal statement and what should I address?

This statement should convey your interest in the field and be three to four pages long, typed, and double-spaced. Care should be taken to submit a clear, concise, and well‐written essay. Writing is a core competency for the Master of Communication Management, and the personal statement should reflect this. The statement should incorporate the answers to the following prompts:

  1. Why are you interested in pursuing the degree of Master of Communication Management?
  2. Which area of focus in Communication Management (e.g., marketing communication, media & entertainment management, organizational and strategic corporate communication, etc.) interests you more, and why?
  3. If there are other details about academic performance, etc. that you wish to share.

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?

Submit two letters of recommendation. One recommendation should be from an instructor and another should be from a professional reference (direct supervisor or manager, not peers or co-workers). Recent graduates (within the last two years) are expected to submit at least one academic recommendation. Select your recommenders based less on their rank, but rather more on their ability to give in-depth insights about the quality of your work. If you are unable to obtain both academic and professional recommendations, two of the same type (i.e., all academic recommendations or all professional recommendations) are acceptable. 

Letters of recommendation must be on a university or company letterhead, and contain true signatures (not only typed names) from recommenders.

What admission test scores are required?

USC Annenberg has suspended the GRE requirement for all graduate applicants for admission to the 2022 admission cycle. All international student applicants are expected to demonstrate adequate 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 not my first language?

Some international applicants may be required to complete an intensive English language program through USC International Academy before admission to the Master of Communication Management. 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.

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.

Application Guidelines

The online USC Graduate Admission Application opens September 1, 2021. Go to https://usc.liaisoncas.com to access the application.

Assemble the following documents and program materials which must be uploaded to your application:

  • CV or Résumé
  • Personal Statement
  • Writing Sample
  • Copy of Official Transcript(s)
  • Copy of your official passport (International Student Applicants only)

All program materials must be in English and uploaded to the online application. Note: Once your application has been submitted, you may not edit or change any document or program material. Also, all submitted documents and program materials become the property of USC and will not be returned.

Official Transcripts

Copies of official transcripts (with registrar’s signature, stamp or seal) from all colleges and universities attended (including USC) must be uploaded to your application in the Academic History section. If you do not possess copies of your official transcripts, request to have official transcripts with legend or grading scale emailed to you from your previous colleges/universities.

After submitting your online application, request to have e-transcripts sent from your degree conferring institutions to USC Graduate Admission at etrans@usc.edu.

Note:

  • International transcripts must include the original language and the English translation as one document.
  • Transcripts from your institution’s student portal are unacceptable.

Recommendations

Create online profiles in the Program Materials section of the application by providing names and email addresses of your recommenders. Instructions and forms will be emailed to your recommenders. Only recommendations submitted through the online process are accepted.

Graduate Admission Testing

GRE scores are not required for admission to Fall 2022.

Valid TOEFL, IELTS or PTE scores (taken August 2020 or later) are required from international student applicants unless waived; see below for the exception. To be considered official, USC must receive scores electronically from the testing service. Photocopies or paper copies of scores are unacceptable.

  • For TOEFL, request to have your scores sent to the USC institution code 4852.
  • For IELTS or PTE, select “University of Southern California” from the list of available institutions when you register for the test. Alternatively, provide this information to your testing center after you have taken the test.

Exception: If you completed your entire bachelor’s degree in the United States or another Anglophone country (i.e. where English is both the language of instruction and the only official language of the country), TOEFL and IELTS are waived.

  • Note: Completing a master’s degree In the United States or another Anglophone country will not waive TOEFL or IELTS.

Application Fee

Pay the $90 non-refundable application fee with a credit card or request an application fee waiver prior to submitting an application.


Fee Waiver

Review the fee waiver requirements at USC Graduate Admission website: https://gradadm.usc.edu/lightboxes/us-students-fee-waivers/. Applicants seeking a fee waiver must start the online application and then wait for the fee waiver approval before submitting the application.