May 30, 2024  
USC Catalogue 2022-2023 
USC Catalogue 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOGUE]

Public Diplomacy (Practitioner and Mid-Career Professional) (MPD)

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This program is designed for students who already have at least five years of experience working in public diplomacy (engaged in international advocacy, international publicity/public relations, international broadcasting, cultural and/or exchange work or other work which the admissions committee deems to fall within their definition of public diplomacy). The program is taught over a single calendar year beginning with a summer course introducing the advanced study of public diplomacy and ending in the middle of the following summer with the submission of a piece of research work. USC is a member of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA).

For admission requirements, refer to the Admission Requirements section in the School of Communication .

Requirements for the completion of this degree program are 32 units, including a substantive paper or alternative project. The course requirements are as follows:

Required Courses (16 Units)

Master of Public Diplomacy is a 32-unit degree program, typically requiring three courses per semester in fall and spring to be completed over a single calendar year.

Electives (16 Units)

Students must choose at least 8 elective units of PUBD or other Annenberg School graduate courses. A maximum of 8 units may be taken at USC outside the Annenberg School; these courses must be approved by the program director and may be selected from a variety of disciplines.

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