Curriculum and Requirements

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

The 4+1 will require students to take eight graduate-level courses (32 credits) spread across their senior and “plus one” years.

By completing these five required undergraduate courses, you will receive advanced standing toward the completion of your master’s degree. Students must complete all of their bachelor’s degree requirements plus the following prerequisite courses before the end of their bachelor’s degree:

  • PB 203 Introduction to Electronic Publishing
  • PB 302 Copyediting
  • PB 380 Magazine Publishing Overview
  • PB 383 Book Publishing Overview
  • PB 395 Applications for Print Publishing

In addition to receiving the 8 credits of advanced standing, you will also have the opportunity to take up to four graduate-level courses (16 credits) in your senior year. Consult the Graduate Catalogue for descriptions of graduate publishing classes.

It is strongly advised that interested students meet with Graduate Program Director John Rodzvilla and Academic Advising by the start of their junior year in order to determine eligibility and/or plan to meet the prerequisite requirements.

Application Requirements

Students should apply for the 4+1 program in the second semester of their junior year. However, it is strongly advised that you discuss your interest in the program with the graduate program director and Academic Advising well in advance.

You will need the following documents for your application:

  • Your Emerson ID number
  • Your résumé
  • A statement of purpose (one to two pages, double-spaced)
  • A portfolio of works you have produced during your time at Emerson
  • Your Emerson transcript, which can be accessed through eCommon

To apply, you will need to create an account in the Graduate Admission Portal, fill out the online application form, and upload the documents listed above. Applicants are not required to submit GRE scores or letters of recommendation.

If you have questions about the application requirements, please contact the Graduate Admission representative for this program.

Graduate Admission

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