When you become an Emerson student, it means you are ready to break boundaries and use your talents to move the world forward.
Founded: 1880 by Charles Wesley Emerson
Degrees: BA, BFA, BS, MA, MFA, MS
Student Body: 3,817 undergraduate and 713 graduate students from 49 states and 70 countries
Transfer Admission: Competitive;
approximately 850 applications received each year for a transfer class of 190
Student-Faculty Ratio: 13:1
Expenses 2019–2020: Tuition: $48,560; room and board: $18,400; fees: $875
Priority Application Deadlines: January admission: November 1; fall admission: March 15
Application Fee: $65
• Business of Creative Enterprises (BA)
• Comedic Arts (BFA)
• Communication Disorders (BS)
• Communication Studies (BS)
- Communication Studies
- Political Communication
- Public Relations
- Sports Communication
• Journalism (BS)
• Marketing Communication (BS)
• Performing Arts (BFA)
- Musical Theatre
- Stage and Production Management
- Theatre and Performance
- Theatre Design/Technology
- Theatre Education
- Theatre Education and Performance
- Stage and Screen Design/Technology
• Visual and Media Arts (BA and BFA)
- Media Arts Production
animation and motion media
film and video production
interactive media and games
sound design and audio post-production
studio television and live events
writing for film and television
- Media Studies
• Writing, Literature, and Publishing (BA and BFA)
- Creative Writing
- Writing, Literature, and Publishing
The culture and educational experience at Emerson is unlike that of any other institution. Our immersive, hands-on programs provide you with the real-world experience, professional-grade facilities, and foundational knowledge you need to hone your craft and be at the cutting edge of your field. Guided by an award-winning faculty of acclaimed authors, theatre directors, filmmakers, speech clinicians, political commentators, and specialists in nearly every sphere of communication and the arts, our students are provided with an unparalleled academic experience. As a transfer student, you will jump right into your discipline, building a basis for your future as a leader in communication or the arts.
Located in the heart of Boston’s Theatre District and across from the iconic Boston Common, Emerson’s campus stands at the crossroads of the city. With unparalleled access to internships, museums, hospitals, theatres, and countless cultural experiences, there is never a shortage of new experiences for students. From seeing a show at a historic theatre and catching a Red Sox game at Fenway Park to getting lost in the latest exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts and watching street performers in Harvard Square, the city remains at your doorstep, there for you when you need it most.
Beyond the Boston city limits, Emerson offers students the opportunity to spend a semester at its state-of-the-art Los Angeles Center on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, California, or at Kasteel Well, the College’s medieval castle in Well, the Netherlands. Emerson offers study and internship programs in Los Angeles and Washington, DC; study abroad in more than 14 locations around the world, including the Netherlands, Valencia, Bejing, and Prague; and course cross-registration with the six-member Boston ProArts Consortium.
Emerson offers students access to industry-leading facilities and equipment across all academic disciplines. The College is home to multiple theatres; a journalism production center with an integrated digital newsroom for aspiring journalists; the highly regarded Robbins Speech, Language, and Hearing Center; a state-of-the-art marketing suite and focus group room; WERS-FM, Boston’s oldest noncommercial radio station; Ploughshares, the award-winning literary journal for new writing; and much more.
We accept the Common Application (commonapp.org) and Emerson Application. Transfer students are required to complete all parts of the application, including the Emerson-specific questions and writing supplement. Additional application credentials are required for transfer and international students depending on their intended area of study. To learn more about supplemental and program-specific information that might be required with your application, we recommend that you visit the Admission website (emerson.edu/transferguide)—particularly if you’re applying for Performing Arts or Media Arts Production.
Attending college is an investment. We are committed to making an Emerson education as accessible as possible for our students. Through scholarships; federal, state, and institutional financial aid programs; and payment plan options, we strive to help families manage the cost of an Emerson education. Additionally, we offer several merit-based scholarships to transfer students applying for fall term enrollment who complete an application for admission by March 15. Scholarships include the Next Step Scholarship, in partnership with select community colleges around the country; the Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship, in partnership with the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society; and the Gateway Scholarship for students who are transferring from a four-year college or university.