CPD Mini-Courses in Public Diplomacy

For over 15 years, the USC Center on Public Diplomacy has been the go-to program for public diplomats and international communication professionals looking to sharpen their skillsets and analytical capabilities essential for success in today’s complex environment.

Our training utilizes the latest social science research and cutting-edge communication tools in real-time public diplomacy challenges. It provides a setting for practitioners to re-examine and refine their skills in a group of peers and to build an international network of colleagues.

Our online workshops take a deep dive into some of the most critical issues in designing effective and sophisticated public diplomacy strategies. The intensive, fast-paced learning also allows for personalization, as participants bring real-time projects to exercise their skills and to problem-solve with faculty and peer participants.

Peek Inside

Below is a sample of what it's like to learn and collaborate in real-time with our expert faculty, such as USC Annenberg Associate Professor of Professional Practice & CPD Faculty Fellow Amara Aguilar, who teaches "Multi-platform Content Strategy for Public Diplomacy."

Workshop Dates

Each workshop takes place over two weeks, including live sessions of 6-8 online hours, group work between sessions, and assigned self-directed learning. All scheduled meeting times will be Pacific.

Multi-Platform Content Strategy in Public Diplomacy

  • October 20, 7:00am - 9:30am
  • October 22, 8:00am - 10:00am
  • October 27, 7:00am - 8:30am
  • October 29, 7:00am - 9:00am

Monitoring and Evaluating Public Diplomacy Campaigns

  • November 10, 7:00am - 8:00am
  • November 12, 7:00am - 9:00am
  • November 17, 7:00am - 9:30am
  • November 19, 7:00am - 9:00am

Audience Insights for Public Diplomacy Strategy

  • December 3, 5:30pm - 7:00pm
  • December 8, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
  • December 10, 5:30pm - 8:00pm

Tuition per Workshop


Monitoring and Evaluation for Public Diplomacy Campaigns

  • Single participant: $850
  • Multilple participant (3+ from same organization): $720


Multi-Platform Content Strategy in Public Diplomacy

  • Single participant: $850
  • Multilple participant (3+ from same organization): $720

Audience Insights for Public Diplomacy Strategy 

  • Single participant: $680
  • Multilple participant (3+ from same organization): $550

Application Deadlines

September 21, 2020 (Multi-Platform Content Strategy in Public Diplomacy)

October 10, 2020 (Monitoring and Evaluating Public Diplomacy Campaigns)
November 1, 2020 (Audience Insights for Public Diplomacy Strategy)

How to Apply

The electronic application for Fall workshops can be found here. For more information, please email Stacy Ingber, CPD Assistant Director of Programming & Events, at singber@usc.edu.  

Upon submission of your application, you will receive notification of receipt and a general time frame of the decision process. There is a rolling admissions process and applicants will be notified as soon as a decision is made. Once accepted, deadlines for submitting the non-refundable deposit, campaign submission requirements, and final payment instructions.