Communication (PhD) Fall 2024
When is the application deadline?
The application deadline for the PhD in Communication is December 1, 2023. New students are admitted to the 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 expression of three areas: (1) research experience, (2) professional background and (3) conceptual questions and phenomena of interest to you. In addition to addressing these three areas, your statement must include a detailed explanation of why you would like to work with the USC Annenberg faculty members that you identify in your application as possible mentors and/or committee members. Limit this statement to five pages.
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.
May I submit audio or video content?
The submission of audio or video content is optional. Audio and video may be uploaded to the USC Graduate application in SlideRoom. Content must be solely created by you. You will access the SlideRoom application under the “Programs Materials” section of the USC CAS application. In order to ensure that your USC and SlideRoom applications sync properly, it is important that you access SlideRoom via the USC Graduate application only.
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?
The USC Annenberg School has suspended the GRE requirement for all graduate applicants for admission to the 2024 admission cycle. All international 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.
Diversity, Inclusion and Access (DIA) Fellowship
USC Annenberg seeks to increase the ethnic and racial diversity of our PhD program by offering supplemental funding to newly admitted PhD candidates with an inaugural USC Annenberg’s Diversity, Inclusion and Access (DIA) Fellowship. The DIA Fellowship is designed to support PhD candidates who can and will use their diversity as a resource for enriching the academy, education, and the broader workforce. We will offer up to three (3) of these awards each year.
To be considered for this fellowship, please write a 600-word essay that addresses the following and upload it to your application for admission.
- Describe your sustained personal engagement with communities that are underrepresented in the academy.
- Share the likelihood that you will use the diversity of human experience as an educational resource in teaching and scholarship.
- Explain how your membership in one or more of the following groups — Alaska Natives (Aleut, Inuit, or other Indigenous People of Alaska); Black/African Americans; Mexican Americans/Chicanas/Chicanos; Native American Indians; Native Pacific Islanders (Hawaiian/Polynesian/ Micronesian); Puerto Ricans; Hispanic Americans (whose families of origin are from Guatemala, El Salvador, Ecuador, and other Central and South American countries) — will enhance the American professoriate.