A STEM-designated degree program, the Master of Science in Digital Social Media (DSM) aims to equip students with the practical skills, critical knowledge and state-of-the-art strategies to succeed in a cutting-edge career in the digital and social media sectors. Beyond learning the fundamentals of digital and social media industries theories and methods, students pursue a customized curriculum toward the design, incubation, and execution of a rigorous, portfolio-building capstone project.
The 32-unit degree program may be completed in three consecutive semesters (fall/spring/summer) or over two academic years (fall/spring/fall/spring).
Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in the program to graduate.
More information about STEM designation can be found here.
Graduate admissions requirements for the Annenberg School of Communication can be found here.
- DSM 510 Introduction to Digital Social Media (4 units)
- DSM 520 Managing Technologies for Digital Media (4 units)
- DSM 550 Analytics and Research Methodology (4 units)
- DSM 596 Final Project Capstone (4 units)
Among the remaining courses, at least 8 units must be from a list of approved electives across the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Up to 8 units may be taken at USC outside the Annenberg School; these courses must be approved by the DSM program director and may be selected from a variety of disciplines.
This page is based on the current 2021-2022 USC Catalogue. The 2022-2023 USC Catalogue will be published in Summer 2022.