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Application Deadlines

Start Term Priority Decision Rolling Admission Through
Spring (January) November 1* December 1
Summer (May/July) March 1* May 1
Fall (September) June 1* July 15

*Priority Decision Advantages: priority review for admission, first consideration for scholarships and earlier receipt of an admissions decision.

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 
  • Admission Essay: 2 pages, double-spaced (500 words). Choose one of the essay options below.
    • Describe your career goals in the area of public relations and your plans for achieving these goals. How will pursuing the Graduate Certificate in Public Relations at Emerson College help you achieve your goals? Please highlight the intellectual and personal qualifications that will enable you to be successful as a graduate student and as a public relations professional.
  • 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

Relationships with your professors are welcomed and encouraged. Take the time to get to know them, share about yourself and your goals, and find a mentor.

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