Graduate application guidelines (PDF)
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Public diplomacy – the effort by one government to inform and influence foreign audiences, while encouraging dialogue between its citizens and institutions and their counterparts abroad – has expanded to encompass the ever-increasing complexity of international affairs.
The Master's in Public Diplomacy, offered in partnership with the USC College of Letters, Arts and Sciences’ School of International Relations, emphasizes the role of non-state actors, global public opinion, international news and international communication in the public diplomacy process. We are developing the next generation of leadership for international public service, business and nongovernmental organizations.
There are multiple opportunities available to help fund a graduate program in public diplomacy. Investigating these options as early as possible is beneficial. The Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs provides a valuable list of fellowships and scholarships that can be applied towards the Master of Public Diplomacy.
In April 2008, the U.S. State Department awarded the inaugural Benjamin Franklin Award for Public Diplomacy to USC for its pioneering degree program in public diplomacy and for the work of the USC Center on Public Diplomacy.
USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and School of International Relations are members of APSIA, the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs.