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Application Deadines

Start Term Priority Decision* Rolling Admission Through
Fall Term (August) February 1* N/A

*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 
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
    • From persons best able to assess academic and professional qualifications, including motivations and goals. 
  • 2 Admission Essays: 2 pages, double-spaced (500 words). Please write two essays that address the following questions.
    • Essay 1: Describe your short- and long-term artistic and professional goals as a media artist and/or filmmaker. How do you think an MFA from Emerson could help you achieve these goals? What might you want to pursue as a media project at Emerson, and why?
    • Essay 2: Imagine you are a critic and have to write a review of the creative portfolio you submitted as part of your application. Discuss your inspirations and influences, your creative process and artistic goals, as well as the strengths and shortcomings of your work.
    • Essay 3 - ADVANCED STANDING ONLY: 1 page, double spaced (250 words) If you are applying for Advanced Standing please submit a third essay detailing your qualifications and work/educational experience in film and/or media production.
  • Portfolio
  • 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. Note that Duolingo is a lower-cost option that typically provides official results quickly.

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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 

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