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Who Should Apply?

The Business of Creative Enterprises MA program is designed for artists and creative individuals looking to gain a better understanding of the business side of their creative industry or career. Our student body includes people who majored in and/or worked in creative fields like fashion design, music, film, communications, graphic design, or fine arts who want to advance their careers with a business-focused education to round out their knowledge base and professional skill set. Driven by shared values of inclusion, ethics, and finding a sense of purpose in their work, our students go on to pursue leadership, management, and entrepreneurial roles in their creative industries.

Application Deadlines


  • Priority: March 1
  • Regular: May 1
  • Late: July 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. 

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
    • Emerson College's graduate programs form a vibrant and engaged community of creative artists, professionals, scholars, and clinicians who all believe in the power of language and communication to transform society. Your careful responses to the following prompts will help us determine if the program you are applying to is the right fit for you. Please answer each prompt as thoughtfully as possible.
      • How does the focus and curriculum of the program to which you are applying align with your experience and goals? What particular aspects of your current and/or future work do you hope to develop while in graduate school? 500 words. 

      • Drawing on your personal, professional, creative and/or academic experience please share an example of a time that you overcame an individual or collective challenge and the approach you took to address that challenge. 250-500 words.

      • The mission of Emerson College is the betterment of society through communication and the arts. With this in mind, what impact do you want your work to have? 500 words. 

  • 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

  • International students can complete this degree from their home country online. Emerson College is not able to issue I-20s for in-person studies as the program is fully online.
  • Review our International Student Checklist