Emerson College

Quick Facts

Liberal arts university with focus on art and communications


Boston, MA


Bachelor's, Master's

Popular Majors

Cinema/Video, Drama, Marketing, Broadcast Journalism, Journalism, Creative Writing, Technical Theatre

Total Students

Undergrad Students



Undergrad Tuition

Room and Board

$53,232 (undergraduate)
$32,376 (graduate)



 Average Net Price *



Distance from Boston

School Website


School Website

* Average Net Price is is the actual average cost to students for attending the college.  This is calculated by adding the cost of attendance (tuition, fees and room and board where applicable) and subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship.

Emerson College is a private university located in Boston, MA. Founded in 1880, the school offers communications and arts education in a liberal arts context. Its mission and focus remain largely the same as they were in 1880: to explore and push the boundaries of communication, art, and culture.

The college offers 30 undergraduate programs and 10 graduate degrees in visual and performing arts and communications. In addition, it offers over 25 minor degrees across the entire spectrum of liberal arts studies.

In the performing arts, the college offers degrees in such areas as acting, design and technology, musical theater performance, stage and production management, theater education, and theater studies. In the visual arts area, the school offers over 15 majors, such as animation and motion media, cinematography, post production, studio television production, and writing for film and television, just to name a few.

In the communications area, the college also offers many unique majors, including writing, literature, publishing, and political communication.

Emerson is located in the very heart of downtown Boston, right across Boston Common. It is deeply embedded in the Theater District, and part of its campus is the Emerson Majestic Theater, which performs many national stage productions as well as student productions. The gold dome of the State House can be seen from many vantage points on campus, and the subway stops at its front doors. 

The school has an increasing global reach with satellite programs in Europe and the US. This includes their own school in Los Angeles and in Limburg, Netherlands, as well as programs in France and Switzerland. 

The school is located in Brookline, a short distance from Boston by car or via the Green Line light rail. It also has branches in New York and New Jersey.