The USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism collaborates with the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) to provide the course work necessary for students to become fully engaged with the phenomenon of global communication through this dual master's degree program. Upon satisfaction of all program requirements, students will be awarded a Master of Arts (MA) in Global Communication by USC as well as a Master of Science (MSc) in Global Media and Communications by the LSE.
This is a two-year program during which students spend their first year at the LSE and their second year at USC.
Foreign Language/Research Tool Requirements
There are no foreign language requirements. Students take a one-term research methods course as part of their course work at the LSE.
The Master of Arts in Global Communication requires 42 units; the equivalent of 18 units earned at the LSE and 24 units earned at USC.
Year One at LSE: The LSE academic year has three terms. Students will complete classes approved by faculty at the LSE. Students must earn at least 3 units at the LSE, which articulates as 18 units at USC.
Year Two at USC: Students must complete COMM 598 as well as 20 elective units (5 courses) from the School of Communication graduate curriculum, excluding COMM 525, COMM 526, COMM 550 and COMM 552. All students are required to complete an internship/practicum during their year at Annenberg.
Students may choose one of their elective courses from a department outside Annenberg with the approval of their advisers.
Students will produce a final research project on global communication that will be the product of work done both at the LSE and Annenberg. Students complete a research project during the summer after their year at the LSE for which grades are awarded by LSE faculty. A passing grade is required. They will continue to develop this project during the year at Annenberg in COMM 598 and must earn a grade of B minus or higher.
This page is based on the current 2022-2023 USC Catalogue. The 2023-2024 USC Catalogue will be published in Summer 2023.
An additional requirement for the Global Communication (MA) students will be to take the Managing Complexity in Diverse Organizations program during their time at USC Annenberg. MCDO is a professional skills-building program that addresses the ability to create, sustain and thrive within diverse work environments. More information here.