4+1 MA in Publishing and Writing (MA)

4+1 is an accelerated master’s track for selected Emerson undergraduates to complete an MA in Publishing and Writing in just one additional year after completing their undergraduate degree. After completing a core group of classes during their time as undergraduates, students are eligible to take four graduate-level classes during their senior year that start them on their journey to a master’s degree. Selected undergraduate students will also have advanced standing of 8 credits toward the degree.

Benefits of the 4+1 Program

The 4+1 format is a fantastic opportunity for current Emerson students who are interested in pursuing a master’s-level qualification to jumpstart their careers while still obtaining a graduate degree.

  • 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. By taking these classes during senior year, students will complete up to four of the eight required courses for the MA in Publishing and Writing before the end of the bachelor’s degree. This accelerates the pace of the master’s degree, making it possible 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, saving you lots of money on tuition! 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 the same MA in Publishing and Writing as those who apply for the traditional program but for a fraction of the time and at a reduced cost—giving you the edge in the competitive publishing industry that you need.