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Application Deadlines

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

*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.

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: 2 pages, double-spaced (500 words). Choose one of the essay options below. 
    • Option 1: Describe your Public Relations career goals and plans for achieving these goals.
    • Option 2: Discuss the importance of public relations for business organizations, governments, non-profits, or advocacy groups to understand differing individual, cultural, international, and/or group points of view.
  • 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

Advanced Standing for Working Professionals Admissions Requirements

In addition to completing our standard Admission Requirements, working professionals who wish to apply to Advanced Standing will need to complete a portfolio to reflect their professional experience in three skill areas: communication, management, and knowledge.

You have two options to apply for advanced standing:

  1. Submit your portfolio at the time of application. We will review your application for both admission and advanced standing placement at the time of application completion and you will receive both decisions at the same time.
  2. Submit your portfolio to your Graduate Program Director within 30 days of the first semester. The Graduate Program Director will work directly with you once you have enrolled.

Students who are granted advanced standing will be required to complete the remaining 28–32 credits at Emerson College in order to satisfy degree requirements. 

Please note that advanced standing credit advances a student’s position within the program but credits are not transferable to another institution.

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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