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Application Deadlines

Start Term Priority Decision Rolling Admission Through
Spring November 1* November 15
Fall  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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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. Please use examples and be as specific as possible.
    • Option 2: Discuss how sports communication can help sports teams, governments, business organizations, or social advocacy groups in the understanding of 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. To apply for Advanced Standing:

  • Submit your portfolio at the time of your 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.

Students who are granted advanced standing will be required to complete all remaining 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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