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Application Deadlines

Start Term Priority Decision Rolling Admission Through
Fall Term (September) March 1 July 1
Spring Term (January) November 1 November 15

For official term start dates please review our Academic Calendar.

*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.

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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 essays, double-spaced (250 words each).  
    • Branding, Creativity and Strategy are three themes that are core to Strategic Marketing Communication. Please respond to the following prompts in your personal statement.
    • Essay 1 (250 words): What are your own values that are core to your personal "brand?" How do these values connect to your personal or professional goals? How does being a graduate student in the SMC program help you achieve your goals?
    • Essay 2 (250 words): Please choose one of the following prompts.
      • Prompt 1: Discuss a time when you used creativity to solve a problem or come up with a novel solution to a challenge, either personal or professional.
      • Prompt 2: Discuss a time you used strategic thinking to achieve a goal or solve a challenge. What resources (information, insight, collaboration, experience, etc) did you use to craft your strategy? How did you measure success? 
  • 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

I grew so much as a marketer during my two years at Emerson. I liked the small community and collaborative, supportive environment. Professors were easy to talk with, and I always felt comfortable asking questions.

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