Admissions & Aid

Professional Studies Registration

Take the next step toward your professional or academic goals by learning about the registration and payment process for Emerson College Professional Studies and Special Programs.

Registration and Application Instructions

Graduate Certificates

For all graduate certificate programs, you can refer to the individual program pages to apply directly.

Non-credit Programs

Many of the courses offered through the Department of Professional Studies and Special Programs in Boston are open enrollment, which means taking a course is as easy as paying for your seat! Online registration and payment is available 24/7 and may be accessed on our secure payment site.

Simply select the courses you would like to attend, add the courses to your shopping cart, and follow the simple checkout process. Within 1 to 2 business days after you complete your online registration, you will receive a confirmation email from a member of our staff that will include information about your course, including obtaining your Emerson ID card, campus access instructions, textbook information (if applicable) and your course schedule.

Prerequisites: Students must have a minimum of a high school diploma or GED and the prerequisite knowledge the course requires. Please refer to the course description for details.

Payment: Professional Studies offers non-credit courses and workshops during the fall, spring, and summer terms. Non-credit courses, workshops, and programs are as priced. Please refer to the course description for details. Payment in full confirms your seat in your courses. If you do not confirm your seat with full payment, we will not hold a seat for you. No exceptions will be made for overdue or lack of payment. If we do not receive your payment in full and in a timely manner, you will be dropped from your courses. Payment plans are not available.

Graduate Courses

Prerequisites: You must have earned a high school diploma or GED to register for undergraduate-level courses; a bachelor's degree is required to enroll in graduate-level credit-bearing courses. Additional prerequisites specific to each course may be applicable. Policies concerning prerequisites apply in all instances. Contact Professional Studies to learn more. Our staff can assist you with the steps in the approval process and registration. 

Tuition and Fees for Boston Credit-Bearing Undergraduate or Graduate Courses (as of Fall 2018)

  • Professional Studies Undergraduate Courses — $1,438 per credit
  • Professional Studies Graduate Courses — $1,251 per credit
  • Registration Fee (nonrefundable) — $30
  • Late Registration Fee (nonrefundable) — $50
  • Non-credit courses and workshops — As priced

Theatre Educators

If you plan to enroll in credit-bearing Theatre Education courses toward your educational licensure requirements, please contact our office at 617-824-8280 or ProfessionalStudies [at] to discuss special tuition rates that may be applicable for your situation.

Summer Courses


  • Registration for Summer 2019 will begin on March 11.
  • May Intersession: May 6 - 17, 2019.
  • Full Term: May 20 - August 13, 2019. 
  • Summer Session I: May 20 - July 1, 2019. 
  • Summer Session II: July 2 - August 13, 2019.
  • Online Courses: Online Course Information


Visit eCommon to enroll in summer courses.

You must have a bachelor's degree to enroll in graduate-level courses (numbered 500-699) and you must have a high school diploma to enroll in undergraduate-level courses or workshops.

Additional prerequisites may apply for college students external to Emerson looking to enroll in upper-level courses. Instructor and department Chair approval is required for any waived prerequisites, the Professional Studies Department will assist students in gaining these approvals if required.

Please use the Visiting Student Registration Form to request registration for credit-bearing courses.

2019 Tuition & Fees

Summer tuition is due no later than April 16th if you register before that date. If you register after April 15, tuition is due at the time of registration.

Item Fee
Undergraduate courses $778 per credit
Graduate courses $1,221 per credit
Registration fee (nonrefundable) $30 per summer session
Late registration fee (nonrefundable) $75
Non-credit courses and workshops and Pre-College programs As priced

Transaction fees are nonrefundable in all circumstances, including in the event of class cancellation by the College.

Housing Options

Please contact the Office of Housing and Residence Life at reslife [at] for summer housing details. Unfortunately, housing is not available for non-degree students.

Financial Assistance

Current Emerson degree-seeking students may visit the Financial Aid website to learn more about options available during the summer: