Accelerate Your Career at the Nexus of Comms and Global Affairs

Applications are currently being accepted for USC’s Master of Public Diplomacy program (MPD) for Fall 2021. Housed in USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, this pioneering program is designed to develop next-generation public diplomacy and international communication professionals eager to engage with the diversity of the international community through innovative and strategic methods. It offers a transformative educational experience that integrates the rich history of public diplomacy scholarship with content creation and data insights; and combines emerging communication platforms with long-standing practices of cultural programming and exchanges to address complex challenges in contemporary global affairs. Join us for our virtual open house on October 23.

Our program benefits from faculty experts in Communication, Journalism, Foreign Affairs, and Public Relations and trains students for careers in international public service, business and nongovernmental organizations, strategic communications, and cultural and media diplomacy. Recent MPD graduates have found employment at a wide array of places, including: U.S. Department of State, Korea Foundation, World Bank, UN, OECD, Sierra Club, Hilton Foundation, Gates Foundation, Asia Society, ICANN, Facebook, Linked-In, Buzzfeed, Disney, RAND, German Marshall Fund of the U.S., Center for American Progress, Booz Allen Hamilton, Milken Institute, and Global Digital Policy Incubator at Stanford University, among others.

The USC Master of Public Diplomacy is a member of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA) which consists of member schools and affiliated programs dedicated to the improvement of professional education in international affairs. There are multiple opportunities available to help fund a graduate program in public diplomacy. APSIA provides a valuable list of fellowships and scholarships that can be applied towards the Master of Public Diplomacy.

Our program includes a mid-career professional MPD degree taught over a single calendar year. To learn more about the MPD program, including how to apply, please visit this page.

Join USC Annenberg’s unparalleled global network of scholars and practitioners in public diplomacy, and connect with members of the extensive USC Trojan Family, one of the most active and supportive alumni networks in the world.


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Explore CPD's vast online database featuring the latest books, articles, speeches and information on international organizations dedicated to public diplomacy.