How to Apply

There are two ways to apply online: the Common Application or the Emerson Application.

The $65 application fee is waived for all international applicants. Please make sure to use the same name listed on your passport as the name you provide in your application. You will receive an application acknowledgment via email once your online application has been submitted. You will also receive acknowledgment via email when your application becomes complete and includes all supporting credentials.

Please note: Transfer applicants may apply to all undergraduate majors except for Undecided and the Global BFA/BA programs.

What You Need

Supporting Academic Credentials

The following supporting credentials are required for international transfer applicants. Please include your full name and date of birth on all application materials that you submit.

  • High School (Secondary School) Transcript or Proof of Graduation: One of the following will satisfy this requirement:
    • A final high school transcript from a U.S. high school or U.S.-accredited high school, including a date of graduation; signed, stamped, or sealed by a school official, and sent from your high school or recognized third-party vendor
      • Final signed high school transcript may also be emailed or faxed by a school official
    • A Graduate Equivalency Diploma (GED) or High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) results sent directly from the testing organization
    • An official copy of IB Diploma score documentation sent directly from the IB Organization indicating that a diploma has been awarded
      • Diploma may also be emailed or mailed by school official
    • National exam results showing completion of Secondary School: GCE/GCSE exams (O-Level and AS-level), India Secondary School Examinations, Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) Exams, and CAPE I, etc.
    • If your secondary school is not accredited by the U.S. and does not issue U.S. diplomas (and you do not have qualifying national exam results as specified above), you need to submit:
      • Your official final transcript, with graduation date, containing all academic coursework along with your graduation certificate, diploma or equivalent. All documents must be submitted by a school official, sent from your secondary school (fax, email, standard mail) or a recognized third-party vendor (Common App, Naviance).
        • If documents are not in English, please provide certified English translations and have the translation organization email or mail final certified documents.
      • The Office of Admission, in some instances, may require that you have your credentials evaluated by a professional evaluation organization, such as the Center for Educational Documentation and other organizations listed by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.
        • Students will receive email notification if evaluation is needed in August (for Fall entrance) or December (for Spring entrance).
    • We cannot accept the following as proof of graduation:
      • IB exam scores without accompanying diploma
      • Photocopy or scan of high school diploma
  • College/University Transcript(s): An official transcript is required from each college or university attended. Successful candidates typically have maintained a 3.0 grade point average in previous college coursework; however, individual circumstances as described by the candidate will be considered. If you are submitting a transcript from a college or university that is outside the United States, please submit a course by course evaluation via a credentialing agency like World Education ServicesEducational Credential EvaluatorsCenter for Educational Documentation, or one of the services associated with the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.
  • Academic Recommendation: An evaluation or recommendation is required from someone who has taught you in a college subject.
  • Mid-Term Report: Includes estimated grades from your current semester. If you are not currently attending college, we will waive the mid-term report requirement.
  • Test Scores and English Language Proficiency Requirement: All international transfer applicants should submit standardized testing scores according to the following guidelines:
    • Take an English Proficiency Examination if:
      • You have not completed at least three years of consecutive study (at the secondary or post-secondary level) at an institution that uses English as its primary language of instruction, you are required to take an English proficiency exam to be considered for admission.
    • Complete the Waiver for English Proficiency, which is accessible after you have submitted your application, using your Application Portal information, if:
      • You are from a country where English is the national or primary language or you have completed at least three years of consecutive study (at the secondary or post-secondary level) at an institution that uses English as its primary language of instruction.
    • The SAT or ACT is optional:
      • Submitting an SAT or ACT score is optional for transfer students, but students with fewer than 30 completed college credits are encouraged to send their scores if they feel as though it helps their application.

If you submit one of the English Proficiency Examinations, please note the minimum score requirements for admission to Emerson College:

  • Cambridge English (Advance or Proficiency)
    • Minimum Score Required: 176
  • Duolingo English
    • Minimum Score Required: 105
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
    • Minimum Score Requirement: 6.5
  • PTE Academic (Pearson’s Test of English Academic)
    • Minimum Score Required: 60
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
    • Minimum Score Required: 80
      • minimum score of 20 in each section

We will accept scores from the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition. At this time, we are unable to accept the IELTS Indicator and TOEFL ITP Plus for China.

Additional exams may be added at a later date. Please refer to our English Language Proficiency policy before applying and/or taking any exams to ensure your testing will satisfy our application requirements.

Major or Program-Specific Requirements

Additional application instructions and requirements are in effect for:

The Department of Performing Arts will accept transfer applications for the Spring 2021 term and Fall 2021 term.

Creative Sample

If you are applying to a program that requires a creative sample, you will be able to submit one in the Application Portal after submitting your Common Application with Emerson Supplement, or Emerson Application, and application fee payment.*

* If you submit your application close to or on the application deadline, we encourage you to upload your Creative Sample as soon as possible. We understand that this may delay your Creative Sample submission beyond the application deadline.

Submitting Your Application

All application materials may be submitted electronically through Common Application, Slate.org, Parchment and Scoir. Or send them to:

Emerson College Undergraduate Admission
120 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02116


After You Submit

Check the Status of Your Application Credentials

If you applied via the Common Application, you will receive an email acknowledgment and instructions for how to create your Emerson Application Portal account. You can use the Application Portal to check the status of your application. You will also receive acknowledgment via email when your application becomes complete, including all supporting credentials. 

Log in to the Application Portal now

Please keep in mind that it may take up to two weeks for credentials to show in our system after they have been received. Materials that are postmarked by the appropriate application deadline will be considered on time. Feel free to contact us if your application materials do not show in the Application Portal within two weeks.

Apply for Financial Aid & Merit Scholarships

If you hold US citizenship or Permanent Residency, we encourage you to submit the required materials for financial aid consideration. Please do not wait for an admission decision before you complete your financial aid application.

Financial aid application instructions Merit scholarship information

Watch for Updates from Emerson

We will send you information to the mailing address and email address listed on your application. Please make sure to check your mail and email so that we can provide you with important updates. We also ask that you update your email settings to allow correspondence from admission [at] emerson.edu. Remember that if you opt out of emails from Emerson College, you may miss important deadline reminders! Decision Notification dates are listed above. 

Additional information will be required of international students who are offered admission.


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