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Emerson College Admission 2020-2021, Requirement, Deadline & Acceptance Rate

Emerson College accepts applications in Fall and Spring season. In fall 2018 admissions, the college received 12941 applications out of which 4613 were offered admission making an acceptance rate of 35.6%.

The college offers courses in the field of Performing Arts, Visual & Media Arts, Writing, Literature & Publishing, Marketing Communication and Journalism.

  • The students seeking admission for different courses can apply at the official website.
  • ACT and SAT scores are not mandatory but might be beneficial to the review process.
  • International students have to meet additional requirements to secure admission.
  • The College states that it is not mandatory to take GRE/GMAT to apply for Graduate Courses.


Application PortalUG - Common Application/Emerson Application
PG - CSDCAS online application
Application Fee (non-refundable)UG - Application fee waived off
PG - Application fee waived off
Mode of PaymentOnline/Off-line
Academic CalendarSemester-based
Intake SeasonsFall and Spring season
SAT/ACT/GRE ScoresNot Mandatory
Institutional codeSAT - 3367
ACT - 1860
TOEFL - 3367
Graduation Rate88.1%
Acceptance Rate35.6%

Emerson College Admissions Deadline

The students who apply in early action will receive their admission decision in Mid-December however, applicants who apply in regular action will receive the notification at the beginning of April.

Early AdmissionFall - November 1
RegularFall - January 15 
Spring - November 1
RegularVaries with course

Emerson College International Students Admissions

International applicants can through Common Application or Emerson application. The applicants should make sure to use the same name in the application as listed on the passport.

Academic qualification - Official Transcripts (translated in English), Teacher evaluation,

Additional requirements - ACT/SAT scores(optional), Proof of Financial statement

English Proficiency Test Scores requirements -

English Proficiency Test score to be sent directly from the Testing agency to the university.

English proficiency can be proved by submitting any one of the following Test scores:

Test NameMinimum Score Required (Undergraduate)Minimum Score Required (Graduate)
PBT- 550
Cambridge English176-
Duolingo English7565-85%

If the applicant takes SAT/ACT for undergraduate admission the English Language Proficiency Tests are automatically waived.

Requirements for International Students Visa

After the student is selected for admission, the university will email the Certificate of Eligibility for a Student Visa (Form I-20 A/B). Once received, all the details should be checked carefully.

  1. Completed non-immigration visa application form (DS-156) with passport size photo.
  2. A valid passport.
  3. Receipt of visa application fee.
  4. Evidence of SEVIS fee payment (I-901 receipt).

Emerson College Undergraduate Admissions

Emerson College offers over 25 major programs and 30+ minor programs to apply for. The college offers Bachelors programs in Comedic Arts, Communication disorders, Acting, Musical Theatre, Creative Writing and Public Relations. To apply, for an undergraduate degree the applicants need to fulfil the following requirements -

Academic requirements: High School Transcripts, English Proficiency Test score for International students.

ACT/SAT scores are not mandatory for admission, but providing them will speed up the admission process of the student.

Minimum of 1 Teacher’s evaluation to be submitted.

Supporting Documents: Authorised financial statement, Proof of financial support, copy of passport.

There are some additional requirements for courses such as Performing Arts, Media Production and Honors Program. So applicants should review the requirements before applying to these programs.

Emerson College Graduate Admissions

Emerson enrols around 600+ students each year in more than 15 graduate programs. Each program offered here has different admission requirements and eligibility criteria.

Application Portal: CDCAS Portal

Application Fee: Waived off for international applicants

Academic Requirements: Transcripts, GMAT/GRE(NOT required), English Proficiency score for International students, 2 recommendation letters. Specific academic requirements vary from course to course.

Supporting Documents: Verified financial bank statement, Proof of financial support or sponsor, International information sheet, authorized clearance for transfer students.

The requirements for most popular graduate programs are given below-

CourseApplication DeadlineAcademic Requirements
MFA in Creative WritingFeb 1
March 1
Official Transcripts, GPA - 3.5-4, Letters of Recommendation,
Professional Resume, Essay, Writing Sample
MA in Digital Marketing and Data AnalyticsFall Priority Decision- Mar 1
Rolling admission through- Dec 1
Official Transcripts Competitive GPA:3.5-4, Letters of Recommendation,
Professional Resume, Essay, Writing Sample
Film and Media Art (MFA)Fall Semester- Feb 1Official Transcripts Competitive GPA - 3.5-4, Letters of Recommendation,
Professional Resume, Essay, Professional Portfolio
MA in JournalismPriority Decision- March 1
Rolling Through- May 31
Official Transcripts Competitive GPA:3.5-4, Letters of Recommendation,
Professional Resume, Essay, Professional Portfolio
MA in Public RelationsFall Semester -
Priority Decision- March 1
Rolling Through- July 15
Spring Semester -
Priority Decision- Nov 1
Rolling Through- Dec 1
Official Transcripts Competitive GPA - 3.5-4, Letters of Recommendation,
Professional Resume, Essay

For UG admissions, students who complete their applications by November 1 will receive admission decisions on a rolling basis beginning in late November. However, for Graduate programs, decision notification will vary from department to department.

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