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

  • CC 652 Emerging Communication Technology
  • CC 645 Public Opinion Research and Practice
  • CC 608 Public Affairs or CC 623 Public Policy

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 or CC 623 Public Policy

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 with major league sports in cities like Boston, Los Angeles, Barcelona, and Sydney.

Internships and Careers

Boston is one of the few cities in the country with all four major sports teams and is a Top 10 Sports Media market. Emerson’s location in the heart of Boston gives you direct access to networking with professional sports organizations. Our students and graduates have interned and worked at organizations including:

  • Boston Red Sox
  • New England Patriots
  • Boston Bruins
  • Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Real Madrid
  • ESPN
  • United Nations
  • NFL

Graduate Admission

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