Department of Writing, Literature & Publishing
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4+1 is an accelerated Master’s track for current Emerson undergraduates that will allow selected students to complete an MA in Publishing and Writing in just one additional year after completing their undergraduate degree.
The 4+1 format is a fantastic opportunity for current Emerson students who are interested in pursuing a Master’s level qualification to jumpstart their careers while still obtaining a graduate degree.
Advanced Standing -?As a current Emerson WLP undergraduate student you will be given up to 8 credits of advanced standing towards your MA Publishing and Writing degree. By receiving advanced standing ?your total number of required credits for the masters program will be reduced to 32, 8 classes instead of 10. You will also be waived from taking the publishing overview course as part of the masters programs, clearing up your schedule for any electives you might be interested in! ?
Accelerated Study - Students who are accepted to the program will also be allowed to take Master’s (600-level) classes during their senior year. These classes with be double weighted, counting toward both the Bachelor’s and the Master’s degree.
By taking these classes during your senior year, students will complete up to 4 of the 8 required courses for the MA in Writing and Publishing + 1 program before the end of the Bachelor’s degree. This accelerates the pace of the Master’s degree, making it possible to complete both the BA and the MA within 5 years.
Cost savings - Any 600-level credits that you take while you are still registered for your bachelor’s degree will be charged at the undergraduate tuition rate, saving you lots of money! A maximum of 16 600-level credits can be double counted and charged in this way.
Assuming that you maintain your status as a full-time student, you financial aid will not be affected while you are still enrolled as an undergraduate student.
The Emerson Edge – The 4+1 format allows you to graduate with the same MA in Publishing & Writing degree as those who apply for the traditional program but for a fraction of the time and at a reduced cost- giving you and edge in the competitive publishing industry you need.
Students are eligible to apply for the 4+1 program in the first semester of their junior year.
The 4+1 MA will require students to take 10 graduate-level publishing courses (40 credits) spread across their senior and 4+1 years.
Students must complete all of their bachelor’s degree requirements plus the following pre-requisite courses before the end of their bachelor’s degree:
- PB 203 Introduction to Electronic Publishing
- PB 302 Copyediting
- PB 380 Magazine Publishing Overview
- PB 383 Book Publishing Overview
- PB 395 Applications for Print Publishing
In addition, a maximum of four graduate courses (16 credits) may be taken in the senior year. Students in the program cannot count any graduate overviews, PB 688 Copyediting, or PB 691 Applications for Print Publishing towards the MA. Consult the Graduate Catalogue for descriptions of graduate publishing classes.
It is strongly advised that interested students meet with Graduate Program Director John Rodzvilla and academic advising by the start of their junior year in order to determine eligibility and/or plan to meet the pre-requisite requirements.
Students should apply for the 4+1 program in the second semester of their junior year. However, it is strongly advised that you discuss your interest in the program with Graduate Program Director John Rodzvilla and Academic Advising well in advance.
You will need the following documents for your application:
- Your Emerson ID number
- Your resume
- A statement of purpose (1-2 pages, double spaced)
- ?A portfolio of works you have produced during your time at Emerson
- Your Emerson transcript, which can be accessed through eCommon
To apply, you will need to create an account in the Graduate Admission Portal, fill out the online application form, and upload the documents listed above.
Applicants are not required to submit GRE scores or letters of recommendation. ?
If you have questions about the application requirements, please
feel free to contact Haley Bresnahan, the Graduate Admission representative for this program, at haley_bresnahanemerson [dot] edu.
If you’re a first semester junior in Fall 2018, apply by Thursday, November 1, 2018 for the Fall 2019 semester. If you’re a first semester junior by Spring 2019, apply by March 1, 2019 for Fall 2019. ??