The Media Design (MA) program has the following application deadlines for Fall 2020:

  • Priority decision: March 1
  • Rolling through: July 15

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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 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. The prompt for the Fall 2020 application is:

What experiences have led you to want to study media design? How do you envision media and technology impacting civic or social life? How do you see Emerson College’s Media Design program helping you achieve your educational, civic, and/or professional goals? You are encouraged to provide anecdotal examples of any creative, scholarly or other innovative work you have done in this field.  ​

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


Creative Sample

A creative sample is required. Students may choose one of the following options:

  1. Writing Sample: Provide a writing sample that demonstrates your professional or academic writing skills. Examples include a scholarly research paper, essay, single-authored professional article or professional document.
    • Length: 20 pages maximum, double-spaced
  2. Visual Portfolio: Submit a portfolio that exhibits your previous work or interests area(s) in media design. Submissions may include (but are not limited to) video, online game(s), website/online platforms, graphic design samples, photography, or visual documentation of community art/media projects.

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


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. Essays can be submitted online with your application. The prompt for the Fall 2020 application is:

What experiences have led you to want to study civic media at the intersection of art and practice? How do you envision media and technology impacting civic or social life? How do you see Emerson College’s Civic Media: Art and Practice program helping you achieve your educational, civic, and/or professional goals? You are encouraged to provide anecdotal examples of any creative, scholarly or other innovative work you have done in this field.

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


Creative Sample

A creative sample is required. Students may choose one of the following options:

  1. Writing Sample: Provide a writing sample that demonstrates your professional or academic writing skills. Examples include a scholarly research paper, essay, single-authored professional article or professional document.
    • Length: 20 pages maximum, double-spaced
  2. Visual Portfolio: Submit a portfolio that exhibits your previous work or interests area(s) in media design. Submissions may include (but are not limited to) video, online game(s), website/online platforms, graphic design samples, photography, or visual documentation of community art/media projects.

Professional Résumé

Include your professional and educational history.


I-20

The Civic Media: Art and Practice 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.