For Communication doctoral students interested in campus housing, Annenberg House , located near campus in the North University Park neighborhood, provides a convenient option. Annenberg House is open to any graduate or upper-class undergraduate student in the Annenberg School and is located next door to Kerckhoff Hall, which houses several... Read more
See where our recent graduates have found placements after earning their Ph.D. in Communication from USC Annenberg:
Jeeyun Baik, PhD (2021) Postdoctoral Scholar UC Berkeley, Center for Long-term Cybersecurity
TJ Billard, PhD (2020) Assistant Professor Northwestern University
Matthew Bui, PhD (2020) Postdoctoral... Read more
The Annenberg School of Communication provides funding to all doctoral students for up to five years, contingent on satisfactory academic progress.
Funding packages include up to 12 units of tuition per semester, payment of all required health care fees (access to University health services as well as medical and... Read more
In addition to completing 76 semester units, students must also meet the following degree requirements:
Screening Procedures The faculty director of the doctoral degree program and graduate advisor carefully monitors student progress beginning at the end of the first year of graduate study. Students are evaluated on their... Read more
Beginning in the second year, doctoral students are funded as graduate assistants and are assigned to teaching assistant (TA) and/or research assistant (RA) positions in the School of Communication.
Research assistants collaborate with USC Annenberg faculty to produce ground-breaking research for consumption by other academics and the general public.... Read more
Upon successful completion of the program students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate humanistic and behavioral knowledge of a wide variety communication phenomena
2. Demonstrate an understanding of theories that guide research into communication processes
3. Demonstrate a high level of competence in research methodologies and other... Read more
The program requires completion of 76 semester units and an approved dissertation; most candidates complete the degree program in four to five years.
In the first year, students take four required core classes: two in communication theory, one in quantitative methods and one in qualitative methods, as well as... Read more
Students specialize in one of seven tracks by completing a minimum of three courses (12 units) in one of the following:
Rhetoric, Politics and PublicsCOMM 509 Classical Rhetorical Theory COMM 511 Contemporary Rhetorical Theory COMM 512 Rhetorical Criticism COMM 513 Neoclassical Rhetorical Theory COMM 514 Social... Read more