At the Forefront

Innovations in information and communication technologies are changing the way we live, work, play, and learn. Since the 1970s, the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism has been at the forefront of efforts to explore these social, cultural, rhetorical, and organizational processes as we prepare students who will understand and be able to study and manage the communication revolution in education, politics, management, marketing, government, and nongovernmental institutions.

Our graduate programs combine an emphasis on communication theory and research methods along with new technologies, policy implications, and practical applications. Graduates go on to positions of leadership and responsibility in media corporations, new business ventures, government and nonprofit organizations, as well as academia. 

Students with diverse educational and cultural backgrounds from throughout the world come together to complete programs of study that emphasize participation in seminars and symposia, internships, field research in organizations, special workshops, group research projects, e-learning, and independent study. The academic degrees are flexible enough to allow students a wide degree of latitude in designing their programs of study. 

Our top-ranked faculty members are drawn from a wide range of academic disciplines, and include distinguished scholars and researchers, editors of leading journals, officers in prestigious national and international professional associations, and highly respected consultants to government and private industry. Faculty members work closely with students, often on exciting joint research projects. 

Our student services staff members are unsurpassed in their ability to help students enjoy their program. Current and former students willingly share their knowledge of the university so that newcomers are quickly immersed in the Annenberg experience. 

We invite you to visit the school and meet the faculty, students, and staff. To arrange a visit, or to request application materials and a viewbook, please call the admission office at (213) 821-0770, or send an e-mail message to We look forward to meeting you.