FAQs: Media Design MA Applications

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Start off by watching the Civic Media: Art and Practice Webinar, hosted by Graduate Program Director Paul Mihailidis and graduate admission. You’ll find out how this degree will prepare you for a career that affects real change through media, technology, and activism, and you’ll also learn about the application requirements.


The Application Process

What is the application deadline?

For Fall 2020, the priority deadline is March 1.

If you miss this deadline, that’s okay! 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 from all past degree(s)
    • 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 two 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.
  • Essay
    • Submitted online with your application.
    • Prompt can be viewed on the Graduate Admission page.
    • The essay length is 3 double-spaced pages (750 words).
  • Professional Resume
    • Detail your professional and educational history
  • Writing Sample
    • Submitted online with your application.
    • Provide a writing sample that demonstrates your professional or academic writing skills.
    • Submit a maximum of 20 pages, double spaced. 
    • Examples include a scholarly research paper, essay, single-authored professional article or professional document.

Applicants for the MA in Civic Media: Art and Practice are not required to submit GRE scores.

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 happens after I apply?

Your program liaison, Haley, 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 will receive an email and a letter in your admission portal letting you know if you have been accepted, waitlisted, or denied. If you have been awarded scholarship money, you’ll receive a separate letter with details shortly after.

How long will I have to wait?

We aim to return a decision to you within two weeks after you complete your application, but this can be a little slower during busy periods.

What if I make a mistake on my application?

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

If you’ve already submitted, contact Haley or gradadmission@emerson.edu, and we’ll see what we can do 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.


Fees and Funding

How much does the program cost?

Emerson bills all tuition per credit. The current cost per credit is $1,276. Civic Media: Art and Practice is a 32-credit program, so the total cost is $40,832.

Is tuition the same for in-state, out-of-state, and international students?

Yes! Emerson is a private college, so tuition is the same for everyone.

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. However, please note that applications submitted after the priority deadline (March 1) are less likely to receive these scholarships.

Are international students eligible for scholarships?


Are there TA positions or other assistantships available?

Yes. Assistantships are available as part-time paid positions through the Engagement Lab. You can apply to these positions after you are admitted to the program. Reach out to the program director for additional information.


Other Questions

Can I study part time?

No. The Civic Media: Art and Practice program is only offered full-time.

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. Upon acceptance to the program, you will also be invited to an accepted students Facebook group where you can explore housing options and potentially find a roommate!

When will classes start?

Classes begin on September 2nd.

New Graduate Student Orientation begins on August 28th for international students and August 30th for domestic students. See the Fall 2020 Academic Calendar for details. 

What if I have more questions?

There’s lots more information available on the Graduate Admission website. Click “Apply” in the left-hand navigation menu for details specific to the program. You can also check out the Engagement Lab website.

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