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 in Boston are open enrollment, which means taking a course is as easy as paying for your seat!

Online registration and payment is available 24/7 and may be accessed on our secure payment site.

Simply select the courses you would like to attend, add the courses to your shopping cart, and follow the simple checkout process.

Within 1 to 2 business days after you complete your online registration, you will receive a confirmation email from a member of our staff that will include information about your course, including obtaining your Emerson ID card, campus access instructions, textbook information (if applicable) and your course schedule.

Non-Credit course prerequisites:

Students must have a minimum of a high school diploma or GED and the prerequisite knowledge the course requires. Please refer to the course description for details.

Non-Credit course pricing:

Professional Studies offers non-credit courses and workshops during the fall, spring, and summer terms. Non-credit courses, workshops, and programs are as priced. Please refer to the course description for details.

Payment in full confirms your seat in your courses. If you do not confirm your seat with full payment, we will not hold a seat for you. No exceptions will be made for overdue or lack of payment. If we do not receive your payment in full and in a timely manner, you will be dropped from your courses. Payment plans are not available.


How to Enroll in Credit-Bearing Undergraduate or Graduate Courses

Prerequisites: 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. Additional prerequisites specific to each course may be applicable. Policies concerning prerequisites apply in all instances. Contact Professional Studies to learn more. Our staff can assist you with the steps in the approval process and registration.

Matriculated students at Emerson College enroll in courses through ecommon.

Tuition and Fees for Boston Credit-Bearing Undergraduate or Graduate Courses FALL 2016

Professional Studies Undergraduate Courses $440 per credit
Professional Studies Graduate Courses $589 per credit
Registration Fee (nonrefundable) $30
Late Registration Fee (nonrefundable) $50
Non-credit courses and workshops As priced

Tuition and Fees for Boston Credit-Bearing Undergraduate or Graduate Courses SPRING 2017*

Professional Studies Undergraduate Courses $1,317 per credit
Professional Studies Graduate Courses $1,251 per credit
Registration Fee (nonrefundable) $30
Late Registration Fee (nonrefundable) $50
Non-credit courses and workshops As priced

*Tuition rates for non-degree students or students pursuing degrees at other institutions to enroll in credit-bearing Undergraduate or Graduate courses at Emerson College will be updated for Spring 2017 to match the Board approved tuition rates for all Emerson degree-seeking students: Spring 2017 undergraduate tuition rates and Spring 2017 graduate tuition rates.

Teacher educators - if you plan to enroll in credit-bearing Theatre Education courses toward your educational licensure requirements, please contact our office at 617-824-8280 or Continuing@emerson.edu to discuss special tuition rates that may be applicable for your situation.


Refund and Withdrawal Policies

Non-Credit Courses and Programs

Students will not be eligible for a refund without notifying the Department of Professional Studies, via email, of their withdrawal from a course. A member of our staff will provide confirmation of withdrawal requests via email. Convenience fees, registration fees, and miscellaneous fees are nonrefundable. Transaction fees charged by TouchNet are nonrefundable in the event of course cancellation.

Refunds for non-credit courses and workshops are as follows:

Refund Schedule

  • Prior to the first session of any course/workshop: 100% refund
  • 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 one (1) or two (2) session course/workshop after the first session has met.

Credit-Bearing Courses

To drop a credit-bearing course students must notify the Department of Professional Studies via email. 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.

Refunds for Fall and Spring credit courses are as follows:

  • Prior to the second session of a credit bearing course 100% Tuition Refund
  • After the second session and prior to the third session of a credit bearing course 75% Tuition Refund.
  • After the third session and prior to the fourth session of a credit bearing course 50% Tuition Refund. No refund thereafter.

Please note: registration fees, CONVENIENCE FEES AND MISCELLANEOUS FEES are nonrefundable. Read more about convenience fees.

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.

Ordering transcripts

To order transcripts or to request enrollment verification, visit Emerson.edu/registrar and click "Certifications & Transcripts."

School Cancellations and Delayed Openings:

In the event the College must close or delay opening due to severe weather conditions, an announcement will be made by 6:30 AM. for day classes and 3:00 p.m. for evening classes. A recorded message can be obtained by calling 617.824.8500 and selecting option "2."  Announcements will also be made via radio - WRKO 630 AM, WBZ 1030 AM, and WERS 88.9 FM; or television - WBZ 4, WCVB 5, and WHDH 7.

ECNet Account:

As an Emerson student, you will need to have an ECnet account, which will grant you access to the college's computer network.  An ECnet username and password will enable you to use computers in Emerson's labs, access web-based course management pages (such as Canvas), and eCommon, where you can view your student information and course grades.  Set up your ECnet account here: ECnet account request.

ID Card:

All Emerson students, staff, and faculty are required to have an Emerson ID card. This card grants you access to campus buildings and services, such as the Emerson College library. If you are a first time student, please pickup your official Emerson ID card BEFORE your first class at the ID Office in the Little Building (80 Boylston St.) If you are a returning student, you do not need a new ID card. The ID card you have will be reactivated for this semester.

ID Office Hours for Fall 2016