The Public Relations (Certificate) program has the following application deadlines for 2019:

    Fall 2019 (Sept. start):

    • Priority Decision: June 1
    • Rolling through: July 15

    Spring 2019 (Jan. start):

    • Priority Decision: Nov. 1 
    • Rolling through: Dec. 1

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    Admission Requirements

    U.S. Applicants

    All applicants are required to submit the following credentials. The GRE/GMAT is not required for this program.

    Transcripts

    For application review, unofficial transcripts will suffice and can be uploaded directly to your application prior to submission. Official, signed transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended must be sent to Emerson College prior to matriculation. If the transcript is for less than 8 credits, we don't require it to be sent. Degrees completed outside the U.S. will require an evaluation (please see the International Applicants tab for more information).​

    Send official, signed transcripts to the following address prior to matriculation:
    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.


    Essay

    There is one required essay for this program, which can be submitted online with your application. The prompt for the 2019 application is: 

    Describe your career goals in the area of public relations and plans for achieving these goals. How will pursuing the Graduate Certificate in Public Relations at Emerson College help you achieve your goals? Please highlight the intellectual and personal qualifications that will enable you to be successful as a graduate student and as a public relations professional.

    Essay length: 2 pages, double-spaced (500 words) 


    Professional Résumé

    Include your professional and educational history.

    International Applicants

    Below are the credentials and additional steps required by international applicants. The GRE/GMAT is not required for this program.

    Transcripts

    All non-U.S. transcripts must be sent to a evaluation agency. Your evaluation should include a course-by-course evaluation, GPA and degree-equivalency. On a case-by-case basis, some applications can be reviewed prior to receipt of the official evaluation. 

    Please contact one of the credential evaluating agencies listed below to receive an "Application for Evaluation of Foreign Credentials." Requests for evaluation are usually honored within 20 working days of receipt of all required materials and fees. You must include instructions on the application to send a copy of the evaluation to the Office of Graduate Admission at Emerson College. You must provide the agency of your choice with copies of transcripts from all previous educational institutions and certified English translations.

    Be sure to check with credential evaluating agency to confirm what documents are needed to complete the evaluation.


    English Language Proficiency 

    Applicants whose native language is not English must provide evidence of English proficiency by submitting official TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo, or Pearson test results.

    Successful applicants typically have scores within the following ranges:

    TOEFL:       95-115
    IELTS        6.5-7.5  
    Duolingo:   65-85%
    Pearson  65-80

    Scores will be considered on a case-by-case basis, and may require additional submissions to demonstrate English proficiency.

    Proof of English proficiency is not required of students:

    • Whose native language is English
    • Who have a bachelor's or master's degree from an institution where the language of instruction was English or the institution is in a country where English is the native language (the U.S. and its territories, the United Kingdom and its territories, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada).

    Emerson College TOEFL Code: 3367


    Essay

    There is one required essay for this program, which can be submitted online with your application. The prompt for the 2019 application is: 

    Describe your career goals in the area of public relations and plans for achieving these goals. How will pursuing the Graduate Certificate in Public Relations at Emerson College help you achieve your goals? Please highlight the intellectual and personal qualifications that will enable you to be successful as a graduate student and as a public relations professional.

    Essay length: 2 pages, double-spaced (500 words) 


    Professional Résumé

    Include your professional and educational history.


    I-20

    The Public Relations certificate program does not support the issuance of an I-20 for the duration of the program.