Application Deadlines

PhD in Emerging Media Science

  • The fall 2022 application for the PhD in Emerging Media Studies re-opens in September, and the admission committee begins reviewing candidates for fall 2022 on December 15th, 2021.

All Master’s Programs

  • Priority deadline: February 1, 2022. Apply by this deadline for priority scholarship consideration. Students who apply by this deadline will receive their admissions decision in time to attend our Accepted Students Open House in late March (should they be accepted).
  • Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until our final deadline: May 1, 2022 or when the desired cohort size is reached for certain programs, which could be prior to May 1 (we will list programs on this page if their cohorts fill before May 1). Our application for fall 2022 opens in September.

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Mailed Materials

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we strongly encourage applicants to submit materials electronically where possible (i.e. transcripts, test scores, letters of recommendation). Application materials can be uploaded directly to your application portal and they may also be emailed to Graduate Affairs at comgrad@bu.edu.

If it is not possible for you to send materials electronically, we ask that you mail them to the following address:

Boston University
Attn: College of Communication, Graduate Affairs
640 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215


Application Requirements

We understand that the COVID-19 pandemic may have an impact on your ability to complete certain requirements. Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Fee

A non-refundable application fee of $95. This is an application processing fee. If you think you qualify for an application fee waiver, you can apply for one on this page.

Transcripts

We require a copy of your transcript to be uploaded within our online application. In addition, we require all transcripts from colleges and/or universities attended that count toward any degree (beyond high school). A college senior should submit an unofficial transcript that shows work completed in the first semester of senior year as soon as it is available. All transcripts must be in English or an official translation. If you are admitted and decide to enroll, we will ask for an official, final copy at that time.

Students admitted into a graduate program in the College of Communication should normally have completed a Bachelor’s degree at an accredited institution prior to matriculation into the program.

Letters of Recommendation

We require three letters of recommendation written by people who know you well and who can speak to your academic and/or professional backgrounds. We strongly prefer that at least one letter is from a professor who can address your ability to perform in an academic setting. These letters of recommendation must be sent online via our application service.

*MFA in Screenwriting applicants are encouraged to seek recommendations from people who know their creative work.

Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV)

We require the most up-to-date resume or CV for all applicants.

Online Written and Video Questions through Kira Talent

Through your responses to video questions and one written question via the Kira Talent platform, we’re looking forward to getting to know more about you. (The written question is separate from a personal statement and/or writing sample required by your program of interest.) This assessment is done in an asynchronous format, so you can complete your responses on your own schedule, before the deadline. You’ll find a link to your Kira assessment in your application.

Academic integrity is a critical aspect of Boston University and the College of Communication, including during the application process. Please note that we may conduct an integrity check on your Kira Talent responses and screen for any unethical, plagiarized, or dishonest information.

International Applicants

International students must fulfill additional requirements to be considered for admission. Please review our International Student admissions requirements before applying.


Standardized Tests

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

The GREs are no longer required for our Master’s programs. However, if you have taken the GRE and would like to submit your scores, our GRE code is 3087. You may take the internet-based GRE up until 10 days before our deadline.

All applicants to the Ph.D. program must include GRE scores in their submitted materials.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
or International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Students who received their undergraduate degree from a non-English speaking institution must also take the TOEFL iBT or IELTS. Applicants must receive a minimum score of 100 (TOEFL iBT) or 7.0 (IELTS) for their application to be reviewed. We must receive an official score by our deadline, therefore we recommend taking your TOEFL/IELTS at least 20 days prior to our deadline to assure that we receive the score.

We will also accept the TOEFL Essentials exam for students that receive an overall band score of 10.5 or higher.

Our TOEFL code is 3087.

Duolingo

Boston University has implemented an alternative option to the TOEFL and IELTS exams. For this application cycle, the College of Communication will accept scores from the Duolingo English Test, an online English proficiency test that can be taken on-demand, remotely from your home computer.

  • After taking the exam, select Boston University Graduate & Professional Programs as a score recipient. You will then need to email our admissions office at comgrad@bu.edu with a screenshot of your results and the exact date you have taken the Duolingo test.
  • The cost of the Duolingo Exam is $49 USD.
  • Most questions about the exam can be found on the Duolingo FAQ page (https://testcenter.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/categories/201147826-Frequently-Asked-Questions).
  • Please be aware that to accept this score in place of official TOEFL or IELTS scores, we will require a minimum Duolingo score of 125.

Program Specific Requirements

In most programs, applicants are not required to have experience in communication industries or in the academic areas of the department concerned. Please contact COM Graduate Affairs if you have any questions.

The requirements listed below are in addition to all of the application materials listed above.

Personal Statement

Please review and answer both parts one and two of the prompts below in a single response. Part one should be limited to 500 words; part 2 should be limited to 750 words.

Part 1: What drives you to further your studies in advertising? In addition, and if available, please feel free to include a link to your website, blog, etc. that showcases your creativity or management experience.

Part 2: Please choose 1 quote from the 3 below and write an essay that gives your thoughts on the quote. Be sure to begin your essay with your chosen quote. If you choose to use outside sources in addition to using your personal insight and experience, please make sure your sources are correctly cited. Limited to 750 words.

“Obviously ads are reaching millions of eyeballs — those are eyeballs of men, women, people of all genders, children — so I think it’s very important to put out work that is respectful, and that represents all people.”

— Nomin Boutchard

“Building a profitable personal brand online is not a sprint, and something that happens overnight. Don’t aim for perfection early on. Instead allow your brand to evolve naturally over time and focus on providing massive value and over-deliver to your target audience. Then you will get more clear over your message and brand as well.” 

– Navid Moazzez

“There are a lot of great technicians in advertising. And unfortunately, they talk the best game. They know all the rules … but there’s one little rub. They forget that advertising is persuasion, and persuasion is not a science, but an art. Advertising is the art of persuasion.” 

– William Bernbach

Personal Statement

Tell us about yourself and your experiences with emerging media. Why do you think you’ll succeed in Boston University’s Emerging Media Studies program and beyond? What are your academic research interests, and what faculty members at Boston University have research areas that parallel yours?

Academic Writing Sample

Please attach a sample of your writing. Though it may be of any type or length, we recommend that you submit an academic writing sample of no more than 30 pages.

Personal Statement

Tell us about yourself and your experiences with film and television studies. What are your main areas of interest? Who among the Film and Television Studies faculty performs research that aligns with your interests? What would you like to do with your master’s degree? Your statement should be no longer than 750 words.

Academic Writing Sample

Submit two academic writing samples, each of at least 750 words in length. The samples should be essays actually submitted to recent arts or humanities courses. Ideally, the samples should be originals or clear photocopies of the actual papers that were turned in, showing the course numbers and names of the instructors, the dates of submission, instructors’ comments in the text and margins, and the grades the papers received.

If the originals or clear copies of the papers are not available, newly printed-out copies of the papers are acceptable. Write on the first page the course name, teacher’s name, date, and grade the paper received (if remembered). If neither originals nor photocopies nor new print-outs of papers from the past five years are available, applicants may submit two newly written essays of 750–1,000 word length. In either case, the essays need not be about film or television.

Discussions of any work of art, artistic movement, or issue in literature, drama, painting, sculpture, television or film are equally acceptable. Do not submit informal, non-academic samples, such as blog posts or movie reviews. (Note to international applicants: both essays should be submitted in the English language, but the translation, if necessary, should be done by the candidate.) No one else is allowed to assist in the preparation or correction of the writing samples submitted.

Personal Statement

Students in the Master’s Program in Journalism are required to construct, develop, and deliver clear, concise stories to a variety of audiences. Therefore, strong writing skills are crucial for admission into the program.
Please write a story that identifies and describes a moment of truth in your life so far. This does not have to be related to journalism, academics, or your career. We are interested in learning about you through a well-written, real-life story about a moment that was important to you.
Limited to 750 words.

Personal Statement

Our concentration in Marketing Communication Research trains students for jobs in the marketing research/consumer insights industry.
Write an essay, in your own words, that explains how companies, organizations, government agencies, etc. can benefit from marketing communication research. In the second half of your essay, please provide a real-life or theoretical example of a marketing research project and tell us how knowledge gained through such a project helped or can help a client.
Please cite/reference any outside sources utilized while writing this essay. Limited to 750 words.

Personal Statement

Broadly defined, the Media Sciences constitute a field of study that encompasses the history, theory, production, content, and public effects of a variety of media, including but not limited to journalism, advertising, photography, radio, film, video, television, design, the internet, digital technologies, and the performing arts. We recognize that studying media requires interdisciplinary training. At BU, the Media Science curriculum provides core, structured learning in media theory, research, and practice, to train students in how to create, distribute, and evaluate media messages in a strategic manner. 

According to this description, explain how you plan to use this interdisciplinary thinking in your future career. Why do you want to study media science? How do you see the field advancing? Please remember to cite any external sources you use to support any portion of your answer. Limited to 750 words.

Personal Statement

Why do you believe the Master’s in Media Ventures is the right graduate program for you? What are your goals for the future and what do you hope to accomplish with this degree? Limited to 750 words.

Case Study

Everyone is familiar with companies such as Apple, Snapchat, Facebook, and Google and recognize the innovations these brands have made in shaping how consumers create, share, and consume content. However, in all parts of the world, other companies and innovators are also creating meaningful innovations in media, technology, and communication, but perhaps are lesser known.

We’d like to hear from you about a company, brand, or individual that you believe is making an impact by bringing together content and technology in ways that are important. Describe what the company is doing and how it is using technology and content to position itself as a leader to better serve its audience and customers or community. How is it innovating and making a difference? How is the company giving itself a competitive advantage within its market segment or, if you’ve chosen a non-profit, how are they creating impact within the community? Limited to 1,000 words.

Personal Statement

Please review and answer either option A or option B. You may only submit one essay. Limited to 750 words.

Option A: 

“According to the most current annual PRWeek/Boston University Bellwether study conducted by BU faculty Donald Wright, Raymond Kotcher, and Arunima Krishna (https://www.prweek.com/article/1693824/bellwether-survey-2020-amid-era-constant-evolution-agility-will-win;), agile, flexible communications are essential for building and maintaining relationships. Changes such as big data, analytics, AI and macro-challenges (e.g. health, economic, demographic, social and political) will continue to drive change and define a new future for communications and public relations.” — Raymond Kotcher (2021), COM alumnus, COM professor of the practice, and former CEO and Chairman of Ketchum  

Please write an essay that gives your thoughts on the quote above and explains what you think are post-pandemic challenges of keeping PR agile. If you choose to use outside sources in addition to using your personal insight and experience, please make sure your sources are correctly cited.

Option B:

“As a communicator, agility is make-or-break… Influencers are acting as newsmakers, reporters are starting their own outlets, and social platforms are revising their rules. If communicators don’t understand the different roles — and keep up with the changes — their ability to execute will suffer.” — John Saunders, president and CEO of FleishmanHillard

Please write an essay that gives your thoughts on the quote above and explains how you see these different roles influencing the field of PR. If you choose to use outside sources in addition to using your personal insight and experience, please make sure your sources are correctly cited.

Personal Statement

Tell us about yourself and your experiences with screenwriting. Why do you think you’ll succeed in the BU graduate program and beyond? Your statement should be no longer than 750 words and double-spaced, please.

Two Fictional Writing Samples

Submit two original writing samples. They may be a portion of a screenplay, teleplay, short script, play or prose (at least one screenplay or teleplay is highly recommended). The combined length of both samples should be no more than 20 pages. On the first page of your writing sample, please identify what type of sample you are submitting: feature, a short, television pilot, etc. Please do not include more than two samples.

TV Producing/Management Concentration

Personal Statement: Tell us about yourself and your experiences with television. Why do you think you’ll succeed in the BU graduate program and beyond? Your statement should be no longer than 750 words and double-spaced.

Writing Sample: Name three American TV shows, each from a different TV genre, and then tell how those shows reveal interesting trends in American society. In other words, choose a TV comedy, a TV drama, reality program, or talk show. Then name the network which carries the program (that network could be a traditional network, cable program, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, etc.. You choose.). The point is to look at current TV programs so you can write about their connection to what is actually going on in America. Your response should be no longer than 750 words and double-spaced.

Optional Writing Sample: If Producing/Management students wish to take the Television/Writing electives (FT522, FT512, or FT514), they are required to submit a short writing sample. This is not a required component and does not have any impact on your admission status (only on your ability to take to writing electives).

Please select an American situation comedy series or dramatic series that is currently being aired with original episodes. Create an original storyline for this series. Write no more than three pages of dialogue for a scene in the story you created. You are only required to submit the three pages of dialogue for the scene, not the entire story. On the top of your submission, write your name, the title of the series that you are submitting, and a one-sentence logline. (A logline is a one-sentence description of your series episode storyline.)

It is also possible that, based upon your writing sample, you may be required to have a Skype/Zoom conversation with a television professor. This will not apply to all applicants.

TV Producing/Writing Concentration

Personal Statement: Tell us about yourself and your experiences with television. Why do you think you’ll succeed in the BU graduate program and beyond? Your statement should be no longer than 750 words and double-spaced.

Writing Sample: Please select an American situation comedy series or dramatic series that is currently being aired with original episodes. Create an original storyline for this series. Write no more than three pages of dialogue for a scene in the story you created. You are only required to submit the three pages of dialogue for this scene, not the entire story.

On the top of your submission, write your name, the title of the series that you are submitting, and a one-sentence logline. (A logline is a one-sentence description of your series episode storyline.)

Writing Sample: Name three American TV shows, each from a different TV genre, and then tell how those shows reveal interesting trends in American society. In other words, choose a TV comedy, a TV drama, reality program, or talk show. Then name the network which carries the program (that network could be a traditional network, cable program, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, etc.. You choose.). The point is to look at current TV programs so you can write about their connection to what is actually going on in America. Your response should be no longer than 750 words and double-spaced.

It is also possible that, based upon your writing sample, you will be required to have a Skype/Zoom conversation with a television professor.

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