FAQs: Public Relations (MA) Applications

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The Spring and Fall 2019 applications are now open!


Learn more about our MA in Public Relations and get tips and tricks to help you finish up your application successfully.


What is the application deadline?

For Spring 2019, the priority deadline is November 1.

We will accept Spring applications on a rolling basis until December 1.


For Fall 2019, the priority deadline to apply is March 1.

We will accept applications on a rolling basis until July 15.


What materials will I need to apply?

All Emerson applications require a few basic materials

  • Transcripts
    • Transcripts should be send to: Emerson College Graduate Admission Processing Center, PO Box 870, Randolph, MA 02368-0870
    • Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded directly for application review. Official, signed transcripts must be mailed prior to matriculation.
    • We don’t need to see transcripts for less than 8 credits
  • Letters of Recommendation
    • We require three letters of recommendation from persons best able to assess your academic qualifications, including motivations and goals.
    • We prefer submission directly through the application
    • Recommendations must be uploaded by the recommender; electronic submissions coming directly from the applicant will not be accepted.
  • Two Essays
    • Submitted online with your application
    • Prompts can be viewed on the Graduate Admission page.
    • Each essay should be 2 pages, double-spaced (500 words)
  • Professional Resume
    • Detail your professional and educational history

Applicants for the MA in Public Relations are not required to submit GRE scores; however, you may submit scores if you feel they will help your application.


Where should I upload my materials?

You will complete the application entirely online through our Application Portal. Create an account and then follow the prompts to upload your materials.

You may save and return to your application at any time; just return to the portal and log in as a returning user.


What about financial aid and scholarships?

You should complete and submit a FAFSA form when you make your application, just like you did for your undergraduate degree. Emerson’s school code is 002146. See our website for more information.

When you apply, you will be automatically considered for merit-based scholarships. Applications submitted and completed by the priority deadline received first consideration for admission and scholarships.


What happens after I apply?

Your program liaison, Maura, is responsible for seeing the application through the entire admissions review process. She’s also the best person to contact if you have any questions.

After you press “submit,” your application goes through a rigorous, holistic review. We’ll use everything you have submitted to assess whether you’re a good fit for the program.

Once a decision is made and confirmed, you’ll receive an email with the admissions letting you know if you have been accepted, waitlisted, or denied. If you have been awarded scholarship money, you’ll receive a separate email with details shortly after.


How long will I have to wait?

We aim to return a decision to you within two to three weeks of your application being complete and all supporting documents received.


What if I make a mistake on my application?

If you haven’t yet submitted the application, you can correct any errors through the portal.

If you’ve already submitted, contact Maura, and he’ll help to rectify the error.


What if I’m an international student?

International applicants need to take several additional steps in their application process, including an evaluation of their transcripts and (in some cases) a test of English Language Proficiency. See the “International Applicants” tab on our application guidance page for full details.


Can I study part time?

The Public Relations MA is offered both full and part time. Part time standing is usually considered one class per semester.

International students on an F-1 visa must maintain full time status in the program as a condition of their visas. Student in the United States on other types of visas (such as H1B) may be able to study part time; you are advised to consult with your embassy and check the conditions of your visa.


Can graduate students live on campus?

Emerson does not have on-campus housing for graduate students. However, you can take advantage of our excellent Office of Off-Campus Student Services, and upon acceptance you will be invited to an accepted students Facebook group where you can housing options and potentially find a roommate!


When will classes start?

Classes begin for the Fall 2019 semester on September 4. 

New Graduate Student Orientation begins on August 30 for international students and September 3 for domestic students. See the 2019 Academic Calendar for more details.


What is the Graduate Certificate in Public Relations?

Starting in Fall 2018, we are offering a 16-credit, 4-course certificate program in Public Relations. This program is great for students who cannot commit to a full master’s degree or want to re-tool in the industry with specific credentials. Check out more information about the certificate program.


What if I have more questions?

There’s lots more information available on the Graduate Admission website. Click “Apply to Master’s Programs” in the left-hand navigation menu for details specific to the Public Relations MA application process.

You can also reach out to us at gradadmission@emerson.edu or 617-824-8610 at any time! We’re here to help.

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