Journalism (MS) Summer 2021
When is the application deadline?
The application deadline is January 10, 2021 for admission and departmental merit scholarship consideration to summer 2021.
What content should be in my résumé?
List positions held, including internships, nature of work and dates of employment. Include academic and professional awards, honors, association memberships, teaching experience, subject matter expertise, language(s) other than English, and your familiarity with any research or communications technologies, e.g. Web design, television production, video editing, podcasting, spreadsheets, etc.
What should I address in my personal statement?
In one document, address the following:
In 700 words or fewer, tell us about yourself. We would like to know about the journey you have been on that has brought you to journalism. We want you to tell us the story of you, not repeat your résumé. You can discuss your background, your education and the life experiences that have shaped who you are today. We want to understand where your interest in this profession began, how you have cultivated it and why you want to pursue it further. It is also helpful for us to understand where you are in your life and career, and how prepared you are to begin and succeed in our graduate degree program.
In 400 words or fewer, tell us what type of journalism speaks to you and why. In other words, what journalists do you admire? What type of publications do you read and why?
This is a demanding program that requires students to master skills as diverse as audio editing and computer coding while also immersing themselves in the craft of reporting and storytelling. In 500 words or fewer, explain what you would like to accomplish at USC Annenberg and your ambitions for your career. If possible, tell us the type of journalism you hope to pursue once you leave our halls (i.e. sports, broadcast producing, investigative journalism. etc.)
What type of writing sample is required?
Any journalistic work or reporting on any subject may be submitted, including text news stories, audio or video news scripts (and links), long-form text articles, blog items, news or VR/AR content created for mobile and social platforms.
If you do not have a body of journalistic work to draw from, you may provide video pieces or commentaries created for mobile and social platforms, personal essays/posts that comment on current events and issues, advocacy content that uses news or journalistic storytelling techniques, or any other material that best showcases your ability to write and communicate ideas. Your total collection of samples must 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 (direct supervisor or manager, not peers, colleagues or family). If you are a recent college/university graduate, submit one academic reference and one professional reference.
What test scores are required?
Valid GRE scores are required. 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 https://gradadm.usc.edu/lightboxes/international-students-financial-documentation/.