Graduate Admission


We are looking for students whose academic and professional backgrounds, communication skills, and passion for the field meet the demands of their chosen program and promise a successful career.

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If applying for our Communication Disorders program, you can apply through the CSDCAS online application or the Emerson Application. You can view additional information about the CSDCAS process.

The 2017 Graduate Application is now live!

1. View Application Deadlines by Graduate Program

View our deadlines to find out when to complete your application.

2. Gather the Required Credentials

All applicants are also required to submit the following supporting credentials.

  • Transcripts: Official, signed transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended. If the transcript is for less than 8 credits, we don't require it to be sent. Please note; International students do not need to send official international transcripts or certificates, but are required to provide Emerson with an International Transcript Evaluation. Please see the International Students section for more details. Please send all transcripts to our Processing Center (address below). We also accept official e-transcripts sent directly from your undergraduate institution. Please send e-transcripts to Keep in mind, it may take up to 3 weeks to process transcripts.

    Emerson College Graduate Admission Processing Center
    PO Box 870
    Randolph, MA 02368-0870

If you are using a mailing or shipping service that does not allow for delivery to a PO Box, you may use our alternate application mailing address of Emerson College Graduate Admission, 120 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116.

  • Test scores: GRE or GMAT test score requirements are specific to each program. View test score requirements »
  • Letters of recommendation: Three letters of recommendation from persons best able to assess academic and professional qualifications, including motivations, goals, and clinical potential (for Communication Disorders applicants). The preferred method of submission is directly through the application site. This is also the method that ensures the most efficient processing of your application. Electronic submissions coming directly from the applicant will not be accepted.
  • Essay(s): See the essay requirements of your intended program of study. Essays can be submitted online with your application.
  • Professional résumé: Include your professional and educational history.

3. Note Program Specific Requirements

The following programs have additional requirements that you should prepare for:

  • Communication Disorders: Highly qualified candidates will be invited to the campus for an interview in late February. Candidates will meet individually with two members of the faculty. On campus interviews are highly encouraged, but Skype interviews are available for those applicants who are unable to travel to campus. Candidates will receive invitations to interview in the first two weeks of February 2017.
  • Civic Media: Art & Practice: Provide a writing sample that demonstrates your professional or academic writing skills. Examples include a scholarly research paper, essay, single-authored professional article or professional document. (No more than 20 pages.)
  • Creative Writing: Submit a maximum of 15 pages (double-spaced) of fiction or nonfiction or a maximum of 15 pages of poetry. Label the writing sample with your preferred genre as indicated on the application form. You should supply writing samples that reflect your preferred genre.
  • Film and Media Art: A creative portfolio is required. Learn more »
  • Popular Fiction Writing and Publishing: Submit a maximum of 15 pages (double-spaced) of fiction. Poetry, nonfiction and screenplays or other dramatic scripts are not accepted.
  • Publishing and Writing: Submit a maximum of 5 pages (double-spaced) of nonfiction prose. This may be a combination of work you have published elsewhere or an unpublished nonfiction piece.
  • Theatre Education: Submit an artistic résumé in addition to your professional résumé.
  • Writing for Film and Television: Choose from one of the following: Screenwriting: 20 pages of screenwriting comprising short screenplays or an excerpt from a longer film or television script (script samples must be accompanied by loglines). Fiction: 15 double-spaced pages, short stories, or chapters. Combination of Screenwriting and Fiction: A minimum of 12 pages of screenwriting and 8 pages of fiction or creative nonfiction.

4. Start Your Application

Apply Online

All transcripts must be sent by the appropriate deadline to:

Emerson College Graduate Admission Processing Center
PO Box 870
Randolph, MA 02368-0870

5. Check the Status of Your Application Credentials

After submitting your application, you will receive an email from Emerson College with an Admission ID. Please use your username and password to log in and check the status of your application credentails. Please keep in mind that processing your supporting credentials may take up to 7 to 10 business days. Log in »