Master of Public Diplomacy

We prepare you to advance a more secure and vibrant globally connected landscape in one of the world’s hubs for public diplomacy: Los Angeles.

Here, you will work with our expert faculty to explore how governments and non-state actors can use media and communication to shape public opinion, international relations and public diplomacy for domestic and foreign audiences. You will learn how to further dialogue and understanding among individuals, cities, regions, nations and institutions while immersed in the United States’ second-largest city, a premier center for the arts,  entertainment, media and technology, and home to more than 100 foreign consulates and a diverse array of diaspora populations. 

In connection with the Center on Public Diplomacy, you will also develop an international network that positions you at the forefront of professional opportunities across the industries of public service, business and nongovernmental organizations.

By the numbers

100+
foreign consulates in L.A.L.A. has the second-highest number of Consulates in the world: 66 career Consulates General and 37 honorary Consulates.
L.A. has the second-highest number of Consulates in the world: 66 career Consulates General and 37 honorary Consulates.
100% %
of our Class of 2018 employed within 12 months of graduationOur recent graduates have gone on to distinguished careers with employers such as U.S. Department of State, Delegation of the European Union to the U.S., Vital Voices Global Partnership, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Indonesia.
Our recent graduates have gone on to distinguished careers with employers such as U.S. Department of State, Delegation of the European Union to the U.S., Vital Voices Global Partnership, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Indonesia.
30+
countries are represented by our graduate student bodyOur master’s students hail from a diverse array of countries, including Argentina, Finland, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia and South Korea.
Our master’s students hail from a diverse array of countries, including Argentina, Finland, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia and South Korea.
220
different languages are spoken by the people of Los AngelesThe complex and culturally rich city of L.A. is home to people from more than 140 countries.
The complex and culturally rich city of L.A. is home to people from more than 140 countries.

Student, alumni and faculty work

Providing a forum

Students write and produce the world’s only magazine dedicated to the study and practice of public diplomacy.

Transforming diplomacy

Professor Jian (Jay) Wang investigates how technology is changing the rules of policymaking.

360-degree connections

Students explore the opportunities virtual reality and immersive storytelling technology present for the future of public diplomacy.

‘Come From Away’

A Broadway musical models the art and science of public diplomacy.

Transcending human barriers

Leila Nazarian ’13 delves into art as an effective and valuable medium to facilitate cultural diplomacy.

Power of propaganda

Professor Nick Cull answers 10 questions on the impacts of propaganda.

USC Center on Public Diplomacy

Now, more than ever, soft power and public diplomacy are critical to international relations, and USC’s Center on Public Diplomacy (CPD) is leading the way. CPD has long been recognized as the definitive go-to destination for research, analysis and professional education that furthers the study and practice of global public engagement and cultural relations. Public diplomacy students are an integral part of the center’s work and have opportunities to share their unique insights on the CPD Blog, to provide website, publicity and programming support as  , and to travel across the globe to conduct field research, just to name a few.