School of the Arts Emerson College

School of the Arts Emerson College

Boston, MA
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A Small College Dedicated to the Arts

Emerson College is one of a few select colleges dedicated to the arts and communication. The college prides itself on attracting creative, enthusiastic students, and on being a "feeder" school for professions in the arts and communication.

Emerson College serves a small, diverse student body of approximately 3,400 undergraduate and 800 graduate students. Emerson's small size allows students to develop meaningful relationships with professors and collaborations with fellow students. The graduate school offers several masters' level degrees in the arts.

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A Top-Ranked Creative Writing M.F.A. Program

The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program at Emerson prides itself on its consistent ranking among the top creative writing graduate programs in the nation according to "U.S. News and World Report." The program attracts talented young writers who are interested in developing their writing abilities in a community of other talented writers.

Emerson's M.F.A. in Creative Writing program offers specializations in all forms of creative writing, including nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and prose. M.F.A. students concentrate in a single genre, but they are encouraged to participate in workshops outside the genre and explore other areas of creative writing that intrigue them.

The creative writing program is home to a number of accomplished faculty members who are successful professional writers themselves. A writer-in-residence program draws talented individuals to Emerson. Recent writers-in-residence have included novelist Margot Livesey and poet Gail Mazur. Students benefit from close interaction with these and other established writers.

The Integration of Theater Arts and Education

Emerson College offers a distinguished graduate program in theatre education. The Master of Arts in Theatre Education integrates both art and education. The program trains students to use theater as a multifaceted educational tool to educate future students in self-expression, to build community, and to create social change.

Theatre education students enjoy close contact with faculty members who are experienced professionals in all aspects of theater and education. Faculty members have expertise in directing, producing, writing, and educating.

Three tracks are available in the theatre education program. The theatre teacher education track trains students to teach theater to students in grades Pre-K through 12, and results in both an M.A. degree and a license to teach in the state of Massachusetts. The theatre and community track focuses on theater as an educational tool in community settings, such as recreation centers, museums, and community theaters. The theatre education in preparation for a Ph.D. track prepares students to teach at the college level.

A Publishing Program Integrated with the Artistic Side of Literature

The Master of Arts in Publishing and Writing program at Emerson is a distinctive program that strives to combine the study of the publishing business with creative thinking and education in the literary, artistic aspects of publishing. Students receive in-depth experience with a range of publishing topics, including marketing, line editing, acquisition, design, production, and rights. In addition, students take literature classes and participate in writing workshops, giving them an in-depth understanding of and intuition for creative writing.

Students in the M.A. in Publishing and Writing program work in close proximity to students in Emerson's M.F.A. in Creative Writing program. The ability to work directly with emerging talented writers and a faculty composed of individuals currently working in the field allows publishing students to develop personal and professional networks that can often be instrumental in locating internships and advancing their careers.

Gain Practical Experience through the Media Arts Masters Thesis

Emerson's Master of Fine Arts in Media Art program encourages students to develop technical media skills in conjunction with original creative vision and aesthetic concepts. The program can be completed in three years, and during the final two semesters, students participate in intensive work on a master's thesis project. Upon completion of the program, students graduate with an M.F.A. degree and a completed major media art project. At the end of each academic year, Emerson holds a public screening of M.F.A. students' thesis projects.

Access to Career Services and Other Resources Centers

The Office of Career Services at Emerson provides individual career assistance and is home to a career resource library and an alumni database of over 28,000 active alumni. The Emerson Mentor Network connects students with alumni who can share the experience they have gained in informal interviews and other opportunities.

Students in the graduate school of the arts have access to a wide range of educational tools, ways to get involved, and support services. An extensive college library provides study and research materials for all disciplines. Additionally, the Media Service Center houses a wide-ranging collection of video tapes, DVDs, and films as well as video production equipment.

Located in Boston's Atmosphere of Culture and Education

Founded in 1880, Emerson College is located in Boston, MA. Boston is often referred to as New England's cultural capital, with such institutions as the Boston Public Library, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. In addition to its artistic benefits, Boston is home to more than 250,000 undergraduate and graduate students, giving it an atmosphere of youth, intellectuality, and dynamism.

Location & Contact

School of the Arts

Emerson College

120 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116-4624
United States

Robert Sabal

Interim Dean/Professor

Phone: 617-824-8983

Leanda Ferland

Office of Graduate Admission

Phone: 617-824-8610
Fax: 617-824-8614

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Departments & Programs

Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Master of Arts (MA)
      Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 139
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? No
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


62% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 784
    • Accepted 373
    • Acceptance Rate 62
    • Enrolled 144
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $60
    • Application Fee - International $75
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesNot Reported

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsMarch 1
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Federal Work-Study, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students400
    • Female Percentage65%
    • Male Percentage35%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students400
    • Part-time Percentage11%
    • Full-time Percentage89%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino9%
    • Black / African American6%
    • White / Caucasian63%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian1%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races2%
    • Unknown19%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty163
    • Full-time Percentage73%
    • Part-time Percentage27%
    • Female Percentage42%
    • Male Percentage58%





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