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Application Deadlines

Start Term Priority Decision Rolling Admission Through
Summer (May) Term* March 1* May 1

*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. 

*Summer Term begins in May. For official term start dates please review our Academic Calendar

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Admission Requirements

  • Online Application
    • After submitting your application, you will receive an email with your Admission ID. Please use your username and password to log in and check the status of your application.
  • Official Transcripts
    • Official transcript requirements 
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
    • From persons best able to assess academic and professional qualifications, including motivations and goals. 
  • Admission Essay: 3 pages, double-spaced (750 words). Choose one of the options below. We look for a passion for detail, strong critical thinking skills, and evidence-driven arguments. Please contact us if you have questions about the essay, we get a great variety of responses and honor creativity. Please proofread for clean copy using AP stylebook standards if you cite any sources.
    • Option 1: Explain your short-term and long-term professional goals. How will an Emerson education assist you in achieving these goals? Reflecting on any relevant work and educational experiences, describe how you would contribute to the program and to the profession.
    • 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? 
  • Portfolio 
    • Provide two to three written and/or multimedia samples of your best non-fiction writing and/or journalistic style work. You may submit examples of published work or your best academic work. Please include your shooting script for videos. Samples should be written or translated into English.
  • Resume
    • Include your professional and educational history.
  • English Proficiency: Applicants whose native language is not English must provide evidence of English proficiency by submitting official TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo, or Pearson test results.

View our graduate admission policies

  • International Applicants
    • This program supports the issuance of an I-20 for the full duration of the on-campus portion of the program. To learn more about applying for an I-20 you can preview the information here. No documentation is required until after you have been admitted.
    • International Student Checklist 

I wanted to be in Boston, and once I saw the journalism facilities and the mission statement of the program, it was a perfect match. Emerson was exactly what I hoped it would be, and more than prepared me for my career post-graduation.

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