Coursework Emerson College

Transfer Credit Policy

To receive transfer credit, current students must have an official transcript sent directly from the institution to the Emerson Registrar's Office. Newly admitted students must have their official transcript(s) sent to the Admission Office, who will disseminate the information to the Registrar’s Office when appropriate.

The Registrar's Office will review the transcript to determine liberal arts equivalency and elective credits.

Major course equivalency will be determined by the academic department, either by the department chair or undergraduate coordinator. It is advised that students keep course descriptions and syllabi, in case additional information is necessary to determine course equivalency.

  • Transfer credit is granted for comparable coursework completed at accredited two- and four-year institutions with a grade of "C" or better.
  • Students with junior or senior status who have not reached their credit transfer limit may only request transfer credit for courses taken at a four-year, baccalaureate-degree granting institution.
  • Quarter hour and trimester hour credits will be reduced to semester hour credits.

How many transfer credits are allowed?

  • Transfer Students: Students transferring into Emerson College from another institution may transfer in a maximum of 80 pre-matriculation credits, with no more than 64 of those credits from a junior or community college and no more than 32 credits from exams (e.g., AP, IB, CLEP). Post-matriculation, transfer students will be limited to a maximum of 64 transfer credits, including those credits transferred in pre-matriculation.
  • New First Time Students (effective Fall 2017 and onward): Students for whom Emerson College is their first college may transfer in a maximum of 32 credits (this maximum includes transfer courses and exam-based credits combined).
  • Current Students (prior to Fall 2017): Students who matriculated at Emerson prior to Fall 2017 and for whom Emerson College is their first college may transfer in a maximum of 64 credits, with a maximum of 32 exam-based credits (e.g., AP, IB, CLEP).

Transfer Credit Pre-Approval

Current students who wish to complete external coursework for transfer into Emerson are strongly advised to submit potential courses for pre-approval via eCommon, on the Student Services tab in the Registration Tools menu.

After submitting their courses, students will be notified via email whether each course is appropriate for transfer into Emerson, how many credits it will transfer in for, and if it will fulfill a particular requirement.

If seeking to fulfill a major or minor requirement, students may also be directed to obtain the permission of their department chair or undergraduate coordinator.

If submitting courses for international study, please note the U.S.-accredited college or institution that will be transcripting your work under “School Name,” rather than the international institution.

For more information email registrar [at] (subject: Transfer%20Credit Question)

Communication Studies out on the campaign trail.

Communication is central to all activity. Whether in the boardroom, electoral, advocacy, public relations or public affairs campaign, on social media, or with your family or friends, communication skills are instrumental to success. Crafting a message, and discovering the right words, and the best channel of delivery, can build issue awareness, resolve interpersonal conflicts, enhance leadership skills, and increase understanding of the rapidly changing complex world we all share. Few would dispute that communication is the most valuable force and asset within an ever changing global environment.

Communication Studies, founded in 1884 as the first department in Emerson College, engages students to appreciate application of theory and practice in leadership roles in all walks of life. From your first day at Emerson, Comm Studies students will be immersed in local, national and global projects through coursework, teamwork, internships, and co-curricular activities such as Emerson College Polling Society, Forensics, and the Communication, Politics, and Law Association. Communication students work with their counterparts in Barcelona, Mexico, Chile, as well as locally in Boston, with the Bird Street Civic Engagement Project and Eleep programs, to make a difference in their communities.

Comm Studies Goes Global

Experience the Barcelona Sports Comm Trip through this short interactive video, shot by Comm Studies student Camila Alejandra.

Barcelona 2016 from Camila Cayere on Vimeo.

Communication Studies faculty members are engaged teacher-scholars who bring a wealth of professional experiences to the classroom, and emphasize real-world applications and challenges in their classes. In the tight-knit community of Communication Studies at Emerson, professors are guides, collaborators, and mentors as you explore the various fields of politics, advocacy, civic engagement, public relations and negotiation.

We prepare you for leadership on the campaign trail, as an non profit liaison, as a community organizer locally and globally. The principles and practices you develop in Communication Studies -being a strategic and effective communicator, as well as an ethical and critical thinker- are the cornerstones for success.

Our alumni include national as well as global leaders in electoral politics, public diplomacy, project management, corporate communication.

Communication Studies ranks in the top ten of academic majors across college campuses. We invite you be a part of the legacy of success of the first Department of Communication founded in the United States.

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