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Communication Studies, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Boston, MA, United States
Master the strategic communication skills needed to inspire and persuade people across industries and platforms with the Communication Studies program of Emerson College.
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About the Program

If you’ve ever wished you could persuade a resolute official, change a friend’s mind, convince a colleague, or write a killer essay, you appreciate the power of compelling argument. You know the challenge of finding the right words and motivating others. You understand the value of having a mind, mouth, and keyboard that gets your point across and inspires people to act.

The Communication Studies program of Emerson College gives students the strategic communication skills that are instrumental in any professional setting and on any platform they choose—working on everything from corporate identity to electoral and public affairs campaigns. We help you prepare for roles in healthcare advocacy, negotiation, consumer rights, human resource management, and countless other fields that reward effective communicators. Our expert faculty members work closely with you to customize your plan of study to your specific career goals, or to guide you to one of our set tracks of study: Negotiation and Dialogue, Culture and Performance, or Rhetoric and Argumentation. 

Best of all, we connect you with incomparable internships and academic opportunities in politics, civic engagement, and other specialties, both in our vibrant city of Boston and elsewhere—including our internship-study semester in Washington, DC; our Civic Engagement semester; and our public diplomacy workshop in Mexico.

Emerson is one of the top communication schools in the country, in one of the best college cities in the world. There’s no better place for you to become a versatile communications professional.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    128 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses offered:

  • Intercultural Communications
  • Argument and Advocacy
  • Conflict and Negotiation
  • Survey Research Methods
  • Strategic Digital Communication
  • Mental health, Media, and Public Policy

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • Official transcripts are required from each secondary school attended and should include courses taken and grades received in years.
  • A School Report must be completed by your secondary school counselor or another school official, and must be submitted along with an official, signed transcript from your high school.
  • The secondary school counselor evaluation should accompany the high school transcript and School Report.
  • A minimum of one official teacher evaluation from someone who has taught you in an academic subject.
  • We ask that all applicants submit first marking period (first quarter, midterm, first trimester) or mid-year (second quarter, first semester, second trimester) grades when they become available.
  • Testing and English Language Proficiency Requirement.
  • SAT or ACT Scores.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    50240 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25120 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    50240 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25120 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Boston

  • 1560 - 3240 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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