Curriculum and Requirements

Students are eligible to apply for the 4+1 program upon completion of their sophomore year.

The 4+1 will require students to take nine graduate-level courses (36 credits). Three designated courses will be taken during your senior year followed by the remaining six courses to be taken one year post-undergraduate graduation.

Students must complete all of their bachelor’s degree requirements plus the following three prerequisite graduate-level courses in their senior year:

  • CC 652 Emerging Communication Technology
  • CC 645 Public Opinion Research & Practice
  • CC 608 Public Affairs

These graduate courses are equivalent to and will replace three undergraduate courses. The undergraduate course equivalencies are as follows:

Graduate-Level Course: CC 652 Emerging Communication Technology Undergraduate-Level Equivalent: CC 304 Strategic Digital Communication and CC 308 Online Content & Strategy or CC 360 Social Media and Politics

Graduate-Level Course: CC 645 Public Opinion Research & Practice Undergraduate-Level Equivalent: CC 303 Public Opinion Research or CC 305 Communication Research Methods

Graduate-Level Course: CC 608 Public Affairs Undergraduate-Level Equivalent: CC 361 Public Diplomacy or CC 345 Public Affairs

Global Connections

Emerson’s faculty and alumni span the globe, allowing you exclusive access to our professional networks. Our extensive network connects you to internship and employment opportunities such as: nation-branding seminars in Iceland; health communication workshops in Australia and New Zealand; and campaign work at the Iowa Caucus and California and New Hampshire primaries.

Internships and Careers

The field of public relations is one of the nation’s fastest-growing industries, with 7 percent job growth projected over the next 10 years. Students interested in a public relations career will find flexible opportunities across many industries. Career paths you can pursue include:

  • Public relations strategist
  • Digital strategy manager
  • Executive communications director
  • Public affairs manager
  • Content manager
  • Social media coordinator

Graduate Admission

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