Communication (PhD) Fall 2021
When is the application deadline?
The application deadline for the PhD in Communication is December 1, 2020, and new students are admitted to fall term only. Late applications will not be accepted.
Should I submit a résumé or curriculum vitae?
Submit a current résumé. However, if you have presented at conferences and published papers and/or articles, a CV is expected.
What is the personal statement and what must be included?
The personal statement is an integrated expression of your current intellectual interests and desired future academic agenda. Articulate the theories, frameworks and intellectual arguments of the scholars that have most influenced your thinking and indicate how they have contributed to your current status as an academic. Also, you should discuss how you would like to explore and expand these and other ideas in your doctoral work.
Elucidate both the broad picture of scholarship you would like to pursue and one or two representative examples of research that you would like to conduct in this context. Statements that express either mainstream or groundbreaking agenda, or both, are welcome as are comments on the implications of your research agenda for policy and society. Your personal statement must not exceed five pages in length.
What type of writing sample is required?
Select a 10 page representative sample from an essay, article, or book chapter that you solely wrote that demonstrates a research area of interest that you wish to pursue in the doctoral program. This sample must be entirely your own writing and not co-authored. Please describe why you wrote the piece and where it was submitted.
What is the questionnaire?
This required questionnaire is designed to identify your interests in doctoral program faculty, research and courses.
How many letters of recommendation are needed and from whom?
Three faculty recommendations are required. However, if you have substantial work experience, you may provide one professional reference (a direct manager or supervisor only) in place of one faculty recommendation.
What admission 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.