Professional Studies and Special Programs

Registration & Payment


How to Register for Non-Credit Courses, Workshops, and Programs

Many of the courses offered through the Department of Professional Studies and Special Programs are open enrollment, which means taking a course is as easy as paying for your seat, provided you have a high school diploma or GED and the prerequisite knowledge the course requires (including a bachelor’s degree for graduate course registration).

Professional Studies offers non-credit courses and workshops during the fall, spring, and summer terms. Non-credit courses, workshops, and programs are as priced.

You may register by phone, fax, email, or in person.

You will receive notification of registration by email. Prior to the beginning of the semester, please confirm your seat in each of your course selections by submitting payment in full within 48 hours of the date of email notification. If we do not receive your payment within 48 hours, your registration will be cancelled. After the semester has begun, all payments are due immediately at the time of notification of registration or your registration will be cancelled. Payment plans are not available. Note: Falll Semester begins September 3, 2014. Spring Semester begins January 20, 2015.

International Students

At the present time, Emerson College is not authorized to issue I-20’s for study in its Professional Studies and Special Programs (PSSP) courses. Depending on an international student’s immigration status and personal circumstances, enrollment in a PSSP course may be permissible or may result in an immigration status violation. Maintaining valid immigration status while in the United States is the responsibility of the individual, not Emerson College. PSSP staff cannot advise individuals about their immigration status. If you have any questions about the requirements for maintenance of your specific immigration status, please contact the U.S. Consulate in your home country prior to enrolling in a PSSP program.


How to Enroll in Credit-Bearing Courses

If you have not been accepted into an undergraduate or graduate degree program at Emerson College or have not enrolled as such, you may take courses for credit during the summer terms.

You must have earned a high school diploma or GED to register for undergraduate-level courses; a bachelor's degree is required to enroll in graduate-level credit-bearing courses. Policies concerning prerequisites apply in all instances. Contact Professional Studies to learn more.

Tuition and Fees

Professional Studies Undergraduate Courses $421 per credit
Professional Studies Graduate Courses $563 per credit
Registration Fee (nonrefundable) $30
Late Registration Fee (nonrefundable) $75
Non-credit courses and workshops As priced

*Tuition rates as of January 2014. Rates require Board approval and are subject to change.


Payment for Courses and Workshops

You will receive notification of registration by email. Prior to the beginning of the semester, please confirm your seat in each of your course selections by submitting payment in full within 48 hours of the date of email notification. If we do not receive your payment within 48 hours, your registration will be cancelled. After the semester has begun, all payments are due immediately at the time of notification of registration or your registration will be cancelled. Payment plans are not available. Note: Fall Semester begins September 3, 2014. Spring Semester begins January 20, 2015.

To pay using a credit card, go to the online payment page (Professional Studies payments only).


Refund and Withdrawal Policies

Refund and withdrawal policies for non-credit courses and programs and credit-bearing courses follow different refund and withdrawal policies.

Non-Credit Courses and Programs

Participants and students are considered in attendance until formal written notice of withdrawal is received by the Department of Professional Studies and Special Programs. To drop a course without academic penalty, you must officially notify the Department of Professional Studies and Special Programs. Note: Non-attendance of classes and verbal messages to faculty or staff do not constitute official notification. Failure to provide notice in writing will result in a grade of "NF." Further, you will be responsible for all tuition charges.

Requests to withdraw (drop only) from non-credit, non-degree programs and non-credit courses may be made at any time by email, fax, telephone, or in person to the Department of Professional Studies and Special Programs. Note: convenience fees (for credit card payments) are nonrefundable.

Refund Schedule

  • Prior to the first session of any course/workshop: 100% refund
    (Note: Some workshops and courses require withdrawal notice prior to 48 hours before the workshop or course begins. If you have questions, please contact Professional Studies.)
  • Before the third session of a course/workshop with eight (8) or more sessions: 75% refund. NO REFUND THEREAFTER.
  • After one (1) or two (2) sessions of a course/workshop with four to six sessions: 50% refund. NO REFUND THEREAFTER.
  • NO REFUND for dropping a two-session course/workshop after the first session has met.

Credit-Bearing Courses

The following rules are for credit-bearing classes meeting once a week in fall and spring or twice a week in summer. For courses meeting on other schedules, please contact the Department of Professional Studies and Special Programs for more information.

Fall and Spring

Summer

Students who have been accepted into a degree program at Emerson College may register for credit-bearing courses during the fall and spring semesters. Students may add a class up until the second class meeting. After the second class meeting and before the third, a class may only be added with written permission of the instructor. No class may be added once the third class meeting has been held.

Classes may be dropped until the fourth class meeting. After the fourth class meeting, students may only withdraw passing or withdraw failing.

Before a class has met for the second time, students who correctly drop the class receive a 100 percent refund of tuition. After the second class meeting and before the third, a 75 percent refund is issued. After the third class and before the fourth, the refund rate is 50 percent. No refund is issued after the fourth class meeting. For non-credit workshops, students who drop the workshop at least 24 hours prior to the first meeting receive a 100 percent refund; no refund is issued after this deadline.

Students may add a class before the second class meeting. After the second class meeting and before the third, students may only add a class with the written permission of the instructor. After a class has met for the third time, students may not add the class.

Students may drop classes up until the third class meeting. After a class has met for the third time, students must withdraw passing or withdraw failing.

Before a class has met for the first time, students who correctly drop the class receive a 100 percent refund. After the first class meeting and before the second, a 75 percent refund is issued. A 50 percent refund is issued for drops processed after the second class meeting and before the third. After the third class meeting, no refund is issued. For non-credit workshops, students who drop the workshop at least 24 hours prior to the first meeting receive a 100 percent refund; no refund is issued after this deadline.

Please note: registration fees, CONVENIENCE FEES AND MISCELLANEOUS FEES are nonrefundable.