Public Diplomacy (MPD) Fall 2021
When is the application deadline?
The application deadline for the MPD program is January 15, 2021. Fall semester classes will start in August 2021.
The application deadline for the Mid-Career Program is February 1, 2021. Classes will begin in Summer 2021.
What content should be in my résumé?
List all employment (paid and unpaid) including the nature of work and dates of employment. Also, include academic and professional awards, honors, teaching experience, subject matter expertise, language(s) proficiency other than English, relevant international experience, and your familiarity with research or communications technologies.
What should I address in my personal statement?
This statement, which should convey your passion for the field, should be three to four pages long, typed and double-spaced. Care should be taken to submit a clear, concise and well‐written essay. The statement should address the following questions:
- Why do you want to pursue the Master of Public Diplomacy at USC?
- With whom do you want to study and why?
- How will you utilize your training in Public Diplomacy after receiving your Master’s degree?
What type of writing sample is required?
Submit an academic paper that you solely wrote for any college or university course. The writing sample should not exceed 10 pages.
How many letters of recommendation are needed and from whom?
Select two individuals familiar with you and your potential for success in graduate studies in public diplomacy.
- For the two-year program, faculty recommendations are preferred.
- For the one-year program, professional references from managers or supervisors are expected.
What test scores are required?
USC has suspended the GRE requirement for all graduate applicants for admission to the 2021 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 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.
APSIA provides a valuable list of fellowships and scholarships that can be applied towards the USC Master of Public Diplomacy: https://apsia.org/fellowships-scholarships/. Investigate these options early in your graduate admission application process.