Mission Statement

Emerson College educates students to assume positions of leadership in communication and the arts and to advance scholarship and creative work that brings innovation, depth, and diversity to these disciplines.

This mission is informed by core liberal arts values that seek to promote civic engagement, encourage ethical practices, foster respect for human diversity, and inspire students to create and communicate with clarity, integrity, and conviction.


Our vision is to educate leading professionals in the arts and communication; to inspire generations of students to think boldly and creatively; and to make sure that all we do—as students, faculty, and staff—brightens the cultural, social, political, and civic life around us.


At the foundation of our vision are these inspiring, non-negotiable values:

  • Respect and equal treatment for all people of all backgrounds, orientations, beliefs, and physical capabilities
  • Appreciation for diverse ideas and the free expression of them
  • Academic excellence in formal settings such as classrooms and libraries and in workshops, internships, labs, studios, and all other collaborative environments
  • Critical and creative thinking that inspires audiences; improves the arts and communication; and advances social justice, global responsibility and environmental sustainability in our institution, communities, nation, and world