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.
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Student, alumni and faculty work
Students write and produce the world’s only magazine dedicated to the study and practice of public diplomacy.
Students explore the opportunities virtual reality and immersive storytelling technology present for the future of public diplomacy.
Leila Nazarian ’13 explores culture and identity through a fusion of skateboards with traditional Iranian art.
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; and to travel across the globe to conduct field research, just to name a few.