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Writing, Literature and Publishing, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Boston, MA, United States
Whether it’s the rise of niche magazines, the return of the physical bookstore, or the growth of digital self-publishing, the written word isn’t disappearing—it’s evolving. The Writing, Literature and Publishing program of Emerson College provides students with the knowledge, understanding, and skills across both print and digital media needed to thrive in this changing literary environment.
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About the Program

From literary history and theory to critical reading techniques to creative writing, this program offers a broad foundation in literature as an art form and publishing as an industry. You will have the opportunity to take courses in magazine writing, copywriting, creative writing, literary studies, and traditional and digital publishing, exploring topics from a multitude of theoretical and cultural perspectives. 

Some students may also write or work for one of Emerson’s celebrated literary journals and magazines like Ploughshares, Redivider, em Magazine, The Emerson Review, Concrete Literary Magazine, Gauge, Stork, and Your Magazine. You will have a chance to learn from award-winning authors and publishing industry executives. Beyond the classroom, you will have access to coveted internships through our alumni network, which includes New York Times–bestselling authors, editors, and publishing professionals.   

Our graduates have gone on to become influential authors, screenwriters, critics, publishers, and communicators across media and industries—proving that the written word is just as potent and meaningful as ever. The Writing, Literature and Publishing program of Emerson College will help you build a future out of bringing all kinds of powerful stories to life.

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:
  • Literary Studies
  • Literatures in English
  • Creative Writing
  • Copyediting
  • Magazine Publishing Overview
  • Book Publishing Overview

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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