Planning Ahead

Transfer applicants to Performing Arts can apply to any program that first-year applicants can apply to; please take a moment to read about our Undergraduate Programs in Performing Arts.

Regardless of how many credits transfer into Emerson, all transfer students in Performing Arts begin with first-year Performing Arts coursework and progress through their program from that starting point.

Transfer students to Performing Arts should plan to study at Emerson College for a minimum of three years, four years for BFA Musical Theatre or BFA Acting.


Transfer applicants to the Department of Performing Arts whose Artistic Review requires an audition or interview can complete that Artistic Review within the same Artistic Review Schedule as first-year applicants or they can attend the “Transfer Only” interview/audition date in April. The scheduling of Artistic Reviews is a first-come, first-served process completed by you, the applicant, and space is limited, especially for Artistic Reviews outside of Boston.


If you apply to a program in Performing Arts and complete your application, including your Artistic Review, by:

  • February 2: You will get a decision from Emerson College no later than April 1
  • March 15: There will be rolling decisions from April 1 to May 15.
  • After March 15: There will be rolling decisions within 6 weeks of application completion, beginning May 15.

Note: Please refer to the Artistic Review Schedule in your chosen program and compare it to these due dates.