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Application Deadlines

Start Term Priority Decision Rolling Admission Through
Fall (September) Term March 1* 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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Application 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: 3 pages, double-spaced (750 words).
    • Essay Prompt: What experiences have led you to want to study media design? How do you envision media and technology impacting civic or social life? How do you see Emerson College’s Media Design program helping you achieve your educational, civic, and/or professional goals? You are encouraged to provide anecdotal examples of any creative, scholarly, or other innovative work you have done in this field.
  • Creative Sample: Choose one of the following options.
    • Writing Sample: Provide a writing sample that demonstrates your professional or academic writing skills. Examples include a scholarly research paper, essay, single-authored professional article, or professional document.
      • Length: 20 pages maximum, double-spaced
    • Visual Portfolio: Submit a portfolio that exhibits your previous work or interests area(s) in media design. Submissions may include (but are not limited to) video, online game(s), website/online platforms, graphic design samples, photography, or visual documentation of community art/media projects.
  • 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.

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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

The Media Design program helped me develop the design thinking skills, strategic planning skills, and program design required for the position I have at the Obama Foundation. I managed an entire project from ideation to implementation during my thesis. That is invaluable.

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