Tuition, Financial Aid and Scholarships

Graduate student tuition, financial aid and scholarships

Tuition

For master’s programs, estimated tuition per unit for Fall 2020 is $1,995* in addition to mandatory fees. Please see below for the number of units required for each master’s degree program.

Additional expenses include living and travel expenses, books, and supplies. To calculate your estimated total cost of attendance, visit the USC Office of Financial Aid website.

Master’s Program Units
Communication Data Science (MS) 32 units
Communication Management (MCG) 32 units
Digital Social Media (MS) 32 units
Global Communication (MA) /
Global Media (MSc)
24 units**
Journalism (MS) 36 units
Public Diplomacy (MPD) 32 units
Public Relations and Advertising (MA) 36 units
Specialized Journalism (MA) 34 units
Specialized Journalism (The Arts) (MA) 34 units

* All costs on this page depend on university tuition rates. For semester-specific university tuition rates, click here. All costs listed on this page are subject to change without notice. No estimate may be considered a bill of expenses for USC. For questions on tuition and fees, please contact the USC Office of Financial Aid.

** Global Communication students spend their first year at the London School of Economics (LSE), completing 3 LSE units, which is the equivalent of 18 USC units. At USC, students complete 24 units during their second year in the program. For more information, visit the Global Communication program’s curriculum page and LSE’s website for first-year tuition information.

Financial Aid

United States citizens and permanent U.S. residents may be eligible for federal financial aid. Submit the FAFSA to initiate the process. For more information, visit the USC Office of Financial Aid.

Scholarship consideration for master’s students

Scholarship consideration is given to all graduate students who complete their USC online graduate admission application. There is no separate scholarship application. 

For International Students

The USC Financial Aid Office website provides resources for international students. Information regarding required financial documentation is available here.

Undergraduate student tuition, financial aid and scholarships

Tuition

The USC estimated cost of attendance is an average figure used to determine your financial aid eligibility. It includes average amounts for standard expenses — including tuition, fees, books, supplies, room, board and other living expenses for two semesters of study. You can view a full estimated cost of attendance here.

Financial Aid

The USC Office of Financial Aid provides valuable information about estimated costs of attendance, merit scholarships and need-based financial aid. Actual tuition, fees and personal expenses may be higher or lower depending on your course load and living arrangements.

Scholarship information for undergraduate students

The USC Undergraduate Admission website provides information regarding undergraduate scholarship opportunities. USC Annenberg departmental scholarships are awarded as part of the USC Admission merit scholarship award process.

For international students

The USC Financial Aid Office website provides resources for international students.

Current student scholarships

For current USC Annenberg students, see additional scholarship information here.