Ready to jumpstart your career in multimedia writing and reporting? The Journalism (MA) program has the following application deadlines for Summer 2020:

  • Priority Decision: March 1*
  • Rolling through: June 15

View Domestic Application Requirements View International Application Requirements

*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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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.


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 2020 application:

Essay Option 1:

In your opinion, choose the top two news stories of the past 12 months and rank them in order of newsworthiness (values such as conflict, impact, and meaningfulness). Then pick the most important story and explain its impact and importance. If you want, cite a prominent byline doing strong work on this topic. Your argument, reasoning, and clean copy count for more than your news story choice.

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. 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? 

Successful applicants show strong critical thinking skills, strong arguments, and a passion for detail. We get a great variety of responses and honor creativity. 

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


Required Portfolio

A portfolio of work is required. When you are ready to submit your portfolio, please 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 portfolio samples in the essay section of your application portal. See below for portfolio guidelines: 

Provide three written and/or multi-media samples of your published work. You may submit examples of your best academic work in lieu of published work. Please include your shooting script for videos.  All samples should be non-fiction and journalistic in style. 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 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:   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. Choose between these two prompts for the Summer 2020 application:

Essay Option 1:

In your opinion, choose the top two news stories of the past 12 months and rank them in order of newsworthiness (values such as conflict, impact, and meaningfulness). Then pick the most important story and explain its impact and importance. If you want, cite a prominent byline doing strong work on this topic. Your argument, reasoning, and clean copy count for more than your news story choice.

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 strong critical thinking skills, strong arguments, and a passion for detail. 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 

A portfolio of work is required. When you are ready to submit your portfolio, please 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 portfolio samples in the essay section of your application portal. See below for portfolio guidelines: 

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


Professional Résumé

Include your professional and educational history.


I-20

Due to the online nature of the first summer semester and the final summer semester, we can only issue an I-20 valid for the duration of the fall and spring semester which require class attendance at our Boston campus. The MA in Journalism requires students to complete four of the ten required courses for the master's degree online. Courses start online in mid-summer, followed by two semesters on campus (fall and spring), and culminates with a final 12-week term online. During the online summer portions, students work on their semester requirements and projects online before coming to our Boston campus to begin their fall and spring semesters. 


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.