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Public Diplomacy

University of Southern California

24 months
60446 USD/year
60446 USD/year
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The Public Diplomacy MPD program, offered in partnership with the University of Southern California Dornsife 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.


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 Public Diplomacy MPD program offered at University of Southern California aims to develop the next generation of leaders within the industries of international public service, business and nongovernmental organizations.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successful completion of the Public Diplomacy program you should be able to:

  • understand and deploy a range of instruments to advance foreign policy goals by engaging foreign publics, beginning with listening;
  • approach issues related to foreign public engagement across a variety of times and geographical locations through multiple academic disciplines including those of Communication and International Relations in order to advance and inform professional practice;
  • work effectively as both a member of a team and as an individual researcher and/or practitioner in the field of foreign public engagement;
  • communicate persuasively and succinctly in spoken and written forms and in the genres of communication currently in use in professionally public diplomacy practice.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Historical and Comparative Approaches to Public Diplomacy
  • Global Issues and Public Diplomacy
  • Practicum in Public Diplomacy Research
  • Cultural Diplomacy
  • Technologies and Public Diplomacy
  • Advocacy in Public Diplomacy: Argumentation and Debate
  • News Media and the Foreign Policy Process
  • Regional Studies in Public Diplomacy

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


32 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • CV/ Résumé
  • Personal Statement
  • Writing Sample
  • Copy of your official passport (International Applicants only)
  • Proof of Financial Support (International Applicants Only)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    60446 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 30223 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    60446 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 30223 USD per semester during 24 months.

Living costs for Los Angeles

1520 - 2570 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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