Class of 2017 Placement Report

The USC Annenberg School is distinctive in the comprehensive nature of the academic programs we offer. With programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as those that are theory-based and others rooted in professional practice — along with a robust research portfolio — we are in the unique position of training our students to think critically and from a 360-degree perspective. Our students leave USC Annenberg able to recognize patterns and help their employers take advantage of new opportunities that are not always visible to those whose educational background is more traditional and singularly focused.

Each year, the office of Career Development performs a placement survey of all Annenberg graduates one year after graduation. The placement data that is obtained through the survey is supplemented by data from LinkedIn as well as reports submitted by faculty members, and academic advisors. Through these means, data on 88% of 2017 graduates are available*. We are pleased to report that the overall numbers are very strong: 98% of students who graduated with a BA were employed 12 months after graduation and 98% of students who graduated with a Master’s degree were employed within that same timeframe.

Undergraduate Students 

96 percent of Journalism (B.A.) graduates found employment within one year of graduation.**
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100 percent of Public Relations (B.A.) graduates found employment within one year of graduation.
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98 percent of Communication (B.A.) graduates found employment within one year of graduation.
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Graduate Students

96 percent of Journalism (M.S.) graduates found employment within one year of graduation.
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95 percent of Strategic Public Relations (M.A.) graduates found employment within one year of graduation.
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98 percent of Communication Management (M.C.G.) graduates found employment within one year of graduation.
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100 percent of Communication Management Online (M.C.G.) graduates found employment within one year of graduation.
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100 percent of Digital Social Media (M.S.) graduates found employment within one year of graduation.
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96 percent of Global Communication (M.A.) / Global Media (M.Sc.) graduates found employment within one year of graduation.
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100 percent of Public Diplomacy (M.P.D.) graduates found employment within one year of graduation.
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100 percent of Specialized Journalism (M.A.) and Specialized Journalism (The Arts) (M.A.) found employment within one year of graduation. 
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*Data was collected on 729 students out of 833 total graduates of the Class of 2017.
** This figure includes students from the Broadcast & Digital Journalism (B.A.) and the Print & Digital Journalism (B.A.), both of which were discontinued in 2016. It also includes students from the Journalism (B.A.), which was added in place of those two programs in 2016.