Make your voice heard.
Be a communication leader.

“I face huge challenges every day, but I know that I have the training and resources from my different classes to help me reach my goals. Because of my education, I am able to execute successfully with a diverse, global and high-powered group of people.”

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World-Class Education for Communication Professionals
USC Annenberg has worldwide recognition as the leader among communication schools, setting the standard for communication professionals. The faculty have deep academic expertise and extensive professional experience, uniting communication research and theory with their day-to-day implementation in organizations around the world.

Data-Driven Strategy. Real-World Application.
Students learn to apply common language, tools and problem-solving techniques thanks to a multidisciplinary and interconnected program designed around evidence-based research and communication best practices. Graduates are equipped to gather, interpret, analyze and translate information — transforming complex ideas into actionable strategy.

Why Choose USC for Your Master's in Communication?

Solve real-world communication problems with our applied professional practicum

Learn from faculty with extensive experience in academia and industry

Explore current trends in communication and the digital and social media that drive them

Connect with more than 15,000 USC Annenberg alumni worldwide

Study 100% online — earn your degree from anywhere in the world

U.S. News & World Report

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In 2023, U.S. News & World Report ranked USC #25 among the top colleges in the country.

The Wall Street Journal

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USC is ranked #19 nationally in the 2022 Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education survey.

Western Association of Schools and Colleges


USC is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

QS World University Rankings

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USC is ranked #1 in the United States in communication and media studies by QS World University Rankings.

Focus Your Online MCM

The USC MCM online program is designed for passionate communication professionals who seek to develop respected skills across industries, which can add lasting benefit to their current and future roles, and serve them as their careers evolve. Students can choose from three areas of focus or pursue a generalist MCM.

Choose from Three Focus Areas

Marketing Communication

Focus on the latest developments and management of business communication with customers, clients and consumers.

Strategic and Organizational Communication

Examine the process of communication within business settings and learn strategies to solve complex organizational problems.

Market Research and Analytics

Develop the skills to effectively collect and analyze data, then create insights to drive smarter decision-making for organizations.

Who Should Choose the USC Master of Communication Management Online Program?

The online Master of Communication Management has sparked career development for professionals at all levels in an increasingly wide range of fields. See what an MCM from USC can do for you.

“There wasn’t another program with the prestige of USC and the Annenberg School. I just didn’t see anything else that compared to the value I have gotten out of the Master of Communication Management degree.”

— Jason Smith, Class of 2016
Vice Chancellor of Governmental & Community Relations
University of Houston System

Accomplished and Diverse Faculty

The faculty is one of USC Annenberg’s richest sources of academic distinction. They are drawn from a wide range of academic disciplines, and include distinguished scholars and researchers, editors of leading journals, officers in prestigious national and international professional associations, and highly respected consultants to government and private industry. This diversity is demonstrated in the classroom, adding a rich experiential perspective to data-driven teaching.

Why Choose the USC Master of Communication Management Online Program?

Communication Is at the Center of All Business

“Strong communication skills” are ubiquitous in today’s job postings, regardless of function or industry. So what does this mean for communication professionals? How do they set themselves apart in a field of résumés peddling strong communication skills?

Communication is more than just art or science; it’s a strategic balance of both. Understanding the balance is a key differentiator for professionals in a competitive marketplace.

Grounded in Evidence-Based Decision-Making

The USC Annenberg online Master of Communication Management is designed to teach students how to think — not just what to think — to help them thrive in a data-intensive and analytics-driven workplace. It pushes the learning experience beyond textbook examples of matching solutions to problems. Theory is the foundation but not the destination.

Smart decisions are born in knowing your objectives, asking the right questions of the right audience and understanding the results. The online master's of communication management equips students with the skills to decipher, design and distribute communication measurement models that speak the language their principal audiences — such as managers, executives, stakeholders and customers — understand.

The USC Annenberg Experience

As a center for discussion, USC Annenberg is redefining the communication field for the 21st century and beyond among scholars and professionals in journalism, communication, public policy, media and education. Annenberg's faculty reputation and rigor of program are reason enough for such distinction. But at the heart of Annenberg’s prestige is the breadth and depth of its research.

Examinations of digital media and technology, cultural communication, public interest and global leadership set new standards not only for education, but also in application at organizations around the world. More than 15,000 Annenberg alumni contribute to a professional network of industry leaders and communication professionals who can attach “USC Annenberg” to their resumes — a powerful differentiator in a crowded and competitive marketplace.