4+1 MA in Public Relations (MA)

The 4+1 MA in Public Relations program is an accelerated master’s track for current Emerson undergraduates that allows you to earn your master’s degree in just one additional year after completing your bachelor’s.

In this program, you will learn how to analyze, communicate with, and gain meaningful insight into communities, cultures, institutions, and lifestyles, while supporting your audience’s beliefs and values.

Gain real-world experience by conducting public opinion polls and organizational social media audits, formulating crisis communication plans, writing speeches, and creating digital content. By investigating the ways in which different types of messaging can engage and persuade, you will leave the program with the skill set and strategic insight required to be a compelling advocate for better business practices, improved policies, and social justice.

Benefits of the 4+1 Program

  • Accelerated Study: Students who are accepted to the program will be allowed to take master’s (600-level) classes during their senior year. These classes will be double-weighted, counting toward both the bachelor’s and the master’s degree. Students will complete up to three of the nine required courses before the end of the bachelor’s degree, allowing them to complete both the BA and the MA within five years.
  • Cost Savings: Any 600-level credits that you take while you are still registered for your bachelor’s degree will be charged at the undergraduate tuition rate. A maximum of 16 600-level credits can be double-counted and charged in this way. Assuming that you maintain your status as a full-time student, your financial aid will not be affected while you are still enrolled as an undergraduate student.
  • The Emerson Edge: The 4+1 format allows you to graduate with your master’s sooner and bring a competitive edge to the communication industry.