Progressive Master’s Degree

USC Annenberg progressive degree programs

At USC Annenberg, a progressive master’s degree is offered in:

* Note: Communication Data Science is jointly taught by USC Annenberg and USC Viterbi. The PDP application process is managed by USC Viterbi Admissions. For more information, visit USC Viterbi’s website.

Instructions for USC current juniors 

If you will graduate in May 2023, attend a virtual mandatory information session hosted by USC Annenberg Admissions to learn about the degree program of interest to you and to receive application guidelines. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. However, the final deadline for journalism degree programs is April 1, 2022, and the final deadline for all other degree programs is May 1, 2022. 

Instructions for December 2021 and May 2022 graduating seniors

If you wish to learn more about the degree programs, attend a virtual information session hosted by USC Annenberg Admissions. A breakout room will focus your application process.

If you are ready to apply, follow these PDF icon application guidelines. Contact Allyson Hill, associate dean of Annenberg Admissions, at if you have questions.

Information sessions

Information sessions for Communication Data Science (MS), Communication Management (MCG), Digital Social Media (MS), and Public Diplomacy (MPD):

  • Thursday, January 20, 1–2 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 8, 1-2 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 8, 1–2 p.m.

Information sessions for Journalism (MS), Specialized Journalism (MA), Specialized Journalism (The Arts) (MA), and Public Relations and Advertising (MA): 

  • Thursday, January 20, 3–4 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 10, 12–1 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 10, 1–2 p.m.

RSVP for an information session here