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The USC online MCM has helped professionals from all fields build expertise and advance or transition in their careers. Get to know our students and alumni, and discover how the program has helped them thrive as modern communicators.

USC MCM Student Spotlight

Pete LuPiba

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Deputy Director — Ohio Office of Budget and Management

After completing his time in the U.S. Navy, Pete found himself ready for a new challenge. The Online MCM helped Pete combine his real-world perspective with a Capstone experience and continues to facilitate his long-term career goals.

USC MCM Student Spotlight

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Andrew Santelli

Manager, Audience Development — Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution

The blended MCM helped Andrew develop skills in business and communication. Now he’s a chief of staff for Disney Parks & Resorts Digital.

MCM Student Testimonials

“There wasn’t another program with the prestige of USC and the Annenberg School, so I just didn’t see anything else that compared as far as the value I would 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

“I drove to San Francisco and I went to work for a colleague I met through the MCM program, having never met in person, and it’s been an amazing two years. Not only did I get an amazing job and a career change, I have grown to consider that colleague as one of my most dear friends.”

— Justin McAneny, Class of 2013
Activation Strategist, quench agency

“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.”

— Alexis Santoro, Class of 2016
Brand Marketing – Americas, Airbnb

“Every time I’m assigned a new communications project, I go to a template provided by the program. It really, really helps me because as I’ve applied it to my job, I’ve gotten better and better at thinking of new ways to add to my communications plans.”

— Eric Bottomley, Class of 2016
Communications Specialist, Kaiser Permanente

“The confidence I have gained from the degree has helped me almost as much as the knowledge. I have the confidence that I know what I am doing and other people recognize that I know what I am doing.”

— Andrew Santelli, Class of 2013
Manager, Production — Digital Guest Experience
Disney Parks & Resorts Digital