Ready to jumpstart your career in multimedia writing and reporting? The Journalism (MA) program has the following application deadlines for 2021:

Summer 2021 (May start):

  • Priority Decision: March 1*
  • Rolling through: May 1

*Priority Decision Advantages: priority review for admission, first consideration for scholarships, earlier receipt of an admissions decision, and additional time to find housing and for international students to secure their visa. 

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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. Please keep in mind that processing your supporting credentials may take up to 7 to 10 business days.

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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
120 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116

NOTE: Official transcripts showing proof of graduation are required for enrollment. Official transcripts must be sent directly from your undergraduate institutions to the address above.

Letters of Recommendation

We require two letters of recommendation from persons best able to assess academic and professional qualifications, including motivations and goals. The preferred method of submission is directly through the application site, as it ensures the most efficient processing of your application. Electronic submissions coming directly from the applicant will not be accepted.

Essay

There is one required essay for this program, which can be submitted online with your application. Please proof read for clean copy using AP stylebook standards if you cite any sources. Choose one of the following two prompts for the Summer 2021 application:

Essay Option 1:

Explain your short-term and long-term professional goals. How will an Emerson education assist you in achieving these goals? Reflecting on any relevant work and educational experiences, describe how you would contribute to the program and to the profession.

Essay Option 2:

Choose a working journalist you admire as a role model. Tell us about their work, and why you think it serves as an example of excellence in journalism. Use direct quotations from their articles, or descriptions of their multi-media, to support your argument. Then explain where you see yourself in five years using this hero journalist as a model for your highest ambitions. Relate these ideas to your goals for your Master's degree at Emerson: what kind of journalist do you hope to become? 

When we read your writing, we look for a passion for detail, strong critical thinking skills, and evidence-driven arguments. Please contact us if you have questions about the essay, we get a great variety of responses and honor creativity.

Essay length: 3 pages, double-spaced (750 words)

Required Portfolio

Emerson requires a writing sample. Please follow one of the two prompts and draft your essay, paying special attention to focus, organization, and professional grammatical style. When you are ready to submit your work, log into your application portal and follow the upload instructions and prompts. You may upload links to digital pieces or PDFs of written samples in the work space provided. Please do not upload your samples in the essay section of your application portal. See below for portfolio guidelines:

Provide two to three written and/or multi-media samples of your best non-fiction writing and/or journalistic style work. You may submit examples of published work or your best academic work. Please include your shooting script for videos. Samples should be written or translated into English.

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 an 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:       115–135
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
    • Note: Supporting documents may be required for approval of English proficiency test waiver
  • 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

Letters of Recommendation

We require two letters of recommendation from persons best able to assess academic and professional qualifications, including motivations and goals. The preferred method of submission is directly through the application site, as it ensures the most efficient processing of your application. Electronic submissions coming directly from the applicant will not be accepted.

Essay

There is one required essay for this program, which can be submitted online with your application. Please proof read for clean copy using AP stylebook standards if you cite any sources. Choose one of the following two prompts for the Summer 2021 application:

Essay Option 1:

Explain your short-term and long-term professional goals. How will an Emerson education assist you in achieving these goals? Reflecting on any relevant work and educational experiences, describe how you would contribute to the program and to the profession.

Essay Option 2:

Choose a working journalist you admire as a role model. Tell us about their work, and why you think it serves as an example of excellence in journalism. Use direct quotations from their articles, or descriptions of their multi-media, to support your argument. Then explain where you see yourself in five years using this hero journalist as a model for your highest ambitions. Relate these ideas to your goals for your Master's degree at Emerson: what kind of journalist do you hope to become? 

When we read your writing, we look for a passion for detail, strong critical thinking skills, and evidence-driven arguments. Please contact us if you have questions about the essay, we get a great variety of responses and honor creativity.

Essay length: 3 pages, double-spaced (750 words)

Required Portfolio 

Emerson requires a writing sample. Please follow one of the two prompts and draft your essay, paying special attention to focus, organization, and professional grammatical style. When you are ready to submit your work, log into your application portal and follow the upload instructions and prompts. You may upload links to digital pieces or PDFs of written samples in the work space provided. Please do not upload your samples in the essay section of your application portal. See below for portfolio guidelines:

Provide two to three written and/or multi-media samples of your best non-fiction writing and/or journalistic style work. You may submit examples of published work or your best academic work. Please include your shooting script for videos. Samples should be written or translated into English.

Professional Résumé

Include your professional and educational history.

I-20

This program supports the issuance of an I-20 for the full duration of the program.

SEVIS Fee

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires all applicants for F-1 student visas and J-1 visas to pay a one-time fee of US$200 before applying for a visa. More details about paying this fee can be found at U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement.

Getting a Social Security Number (Once You Reach the U.S.)

Please note that it is not necessary to have a social security number for admission or for obtaining a visa. Please visit the U.S. Government Social Security website.