Application Requirements for International Transfer Students
1. Common Application
Please make sure to use the same name listed on your passport as the name you provide in your application. You will receive an application acknowledgement via email once your online application has been submitted. You will also receive acknowledgement via email when your application becomes complete and includes all supporting credentials.
Please note: transfer applicants may apply to all undergraduate majors except for Business of Creative Enterprises and Comedic Arts.
2. Supporting Academic Credentials
The following supporting materials are required for international transfer applicants. Please include your full name and date of birth on all application materials that you submit.
High School (Secondary School) Transcript or Proof of Graduation: One of the following will satisfy this requirement:
- A final high school transcript from a U.S. high school or U.S.-accredited high school, including a date of graduation; signed, stamped, or sealed by a school official, and sent from your high school or recognized third-party vendor
- Final signed high school transcript may also be emailed or faxed by school official
- A Graduate Equivalency Diploma (GED) or High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) results sent directly from the testing organization
- An official copy of IB Diploma score documentation sent directly from the IB Organization indicating that a diploma has been awarded
- Diploma may also be emailed or mailed for school official
- National exam results showing completion of Secondary School: GCE/GCSE exams (O-Level and AS-level), India Secondary School Examinations, Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) Exams, and CAPE I, etc.
If your secondary school is not accredited by the U.S. and does not issue U.S. diplomas (and you do not have qualifying national exam results as specified above), you need to submit:
- Your official final transcript, with graduation date, containing all academic coursework along with your graduation certificate, diploma or equivalent. All documents must be submitted by a school official, sent from your secondary school (fax, email, standard mail) or recognized third-party vendor (Common App, Naviance).
- If documents are not in English, please provide certified English translations and have translation organization email or mail final certified documents.
- The office of admission, in some instances, may require that you have your credentials evaluated by a professional evaluation organization, like the Center for Educational Documentation and other organizations listed by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.
- Students will receive email notification if evaluation is needed in August (for Fall) or December (for Spring)
- We cannot accept the following as proof of graduation:
- IB exam scores without accompanying diploma
- Photocopy or scan of high school diploma
- Exams such as the German Abitur, European Baccalaureate, French Baccalaureat, and Swiss Maturité
College/University transcript(s): An official transcript is required from each college or university attended. Successful candidates typically have maintained a 3.0 grade point average in previous college coursework; however, individual circumstances as described by the candidate will be considered. If you are submitting a transcript from a college or university that is outside the United States, please submit a course by course evaluation via a credentialing agency like World Education Services, Educational Credential Evaluators, Center for Educational Documentation or one of the services associated with the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.
Academic Recommendation: An evaluation or recommendation is required from someone who has taught you in a college subject.
Mid-Term Report: Includes estimated grades from your current semester. If you are not currently attending college, we will waive the mid-term report requirement.
Test scores and English language proficiency requirements: All international transfer applicants should submit standardized testing scores according to the following guidelines:
- Take the TOEFL or IELTS if:
- The SAT or ACT is optional if:
- You have completed at least three years of consecutive study (at the secondary or post-secondary level) at an institution that uses English as its primary language of instruction. Submitting an SAT or ACT score is optional for transfer students, but students with fewer than 30 completed college credits are encouraged to send their scores if they feel as though it helps their application. As part of the application review process, the admission committee may request official SAT or ACT test scores to be submitted.
- SAT code: 3367, ACT code: 1820
- If you take the TOEFL or IELTS, please note the minimum score requirements for admission to Emerson College:
- TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
- Internet-Based Test (iBT) 80
- Computer-Based Test (CBT) 213
- Paper-Based Test 550
- IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
- Minimum score requirement: 6.5
We encourage you to submit application materials online through the Common Application. You can also mail supporting credentials to:
Emerson College Undergraduate
Admission Processing Center
PO Box 880
Randolph, MA 02368-8880
3. Major- or Program-specific Requirements
Additional application materials are required for the following:
The Department of Performing Arts only accepts transfer applications for the fall term.
You will be able to submit a Creative Sample via the Application Portal after submitting your Common Application with Emerson Supplement or Emerson Application, and application fee payment.
If you submit your application close to or on the application deadline, we encourage you to upload your Creative Sample as soon as possible. We understand that this may delay your Creative Sample submission beyond the application deadline.
4. Check the Status of Your Application Credentials
If you applied via the Common Application, you will receive an email acknowledgement and instructions for how to create your Emerson Application Portal account. You can use the Portal to check the status of your application.
Please keep in mind that it may take up to 2 weeks for credentials to show in our system after they have been received. Materials that are postmarked by the appropriate application deadline will be considered on time. Feel free to contact us if your application materials do not show in the Application Portal within 2 weeks.
5. Watch for Updates from Emerson College
We will send you information to the mailing address and email address listed on your application. Please make sure to check your mail and email so that we can provide you with important updates. We also ask that you update your email settings to allow correspondence from email@example.com. Remember that if you opt out of emails from Emerson College, you may miss important deadline reminders!
6. Decision Notification
Notification deadlines are posted on our dates, deadlines, and options for admission page.
Additional information will be required of international students who are offered admission.