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Political Communication, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Boston, MA, United States
From polling and policy to speechwriting and strategy, the Political Communication program of Emerson College will set you up to succeed in any political realm.
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About the Program

No one can doubt the relevance of the globally recognized Political Communication program of Emerson College. As politics shape society’s present and future, we prepare students to become candidates, pollsters, speechwriters, diplomats, consultants, campaign managers and strategists, policy advisors, press secretaries, government relations officers, nonprofit leaders, and public affairs advocates. 

Our graduates have won and run political offices, and created and implemented advocacy campaigns using new media. They have advanced worldwide polling, drafted legislation, and established bridges between cultures through diplomacy, NGOs, and government agencies, including the U.N., European Union, and US Congress. Emerson Polling, recognized by Bloomberg and FiveThirtyEight for accuracy and reliability, provides students an unparalleled foundation for analyzing the ever-changing political mosaic.

Guided by acclaimed academics and proven professionals who have run presidential, state, and local political and advocacy campaigns, Political Communication students immerse themselves in the art of politics from their first day of class. Through experiential learning like our Presidential and Mid-Term Election projects, students engage with voters and candidates across the US and absorb perspectives from political insiders.

Globally, our students engage in award-winning diplomacy and civic engagement, such as the Rosarito Mexico Immigration and Border Workshop, the Emerson Carlton (Canada) Civic Engagement Program, the France Culture and Language Program, and the Sydney Global PR and Politics Program. For immersion in international relations and European politics, students attend our sister college in Barcelona, Blanquerna School of Communication and International Relations, the first of its kind recognized by the European Union.

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:
  • Public Discourse in U.S.
  • Global Political Communication
  • Argument and Advocacy
  • Conflict and Negotiation
  • Public Opinion Research
  • Crisis Communication

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

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