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Schools with Graduate Programs in Publishing: How to Choose

Graduate programs in publishing are typically found at the master's and certificate levels, and prepare graduates in the production and distribution of print and digital materials.

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Graduate programs in publishing can be found at both private and public 4-year colleges and universities. Students may study specific areas of interest in a graduate certificate program, or study a broader overview of the field in a master's degree program.

Top Graduate Schools in Publishing

These schools offer graduate degrees in publishing programs, and may include internship opportunities.

College/University Location Institution Type Tuition & Fees 2015-2016*
George Washington University Washington, DC 4-year, Private not-for-profit $27,851
Emerson College Boston, MA 4-year, Private not-for-profit $29,324
New York University New York, NY 4-year, Private not-for-profit $40,984
Pace University New York, NY 4-year, Private not-for-profit $29,070
DePaul University Chicago, IL 4-year, Private not-for-profit $18,330
Portland State University Portland, OR 4-year, Public $14,100 in-state, $21,300 out-of-state
Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX 4-year, Public $7,390 in-state, $14,410 out-of-state
North Central College Naperville, IL 4-year, Private not-for-profit $14,850

Source: *NCES College Navigator

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School Selection Criteria

Consider the following when looking at graduate programs in publishing:

  • Students should consider their personal career goals and see if the curriculum supports that; some programs may specialize in a particular aspect of publishing.
  • Master's degree programs offer a broad overview of the field, while certificate programs offer concentrated study options.
  • Schools located near well-known publishing companies or academic presses should be considered for internship opportunities.
  • Consider schools staffed by industry professionals as an opportunity for top-notch education and networking.

Graduate Certificate in Publishing

Graduate certificate programs in publishing tend to allow students to take courses in a specific area, such as digital, magazine or book publishing. Some schools offer programs focusing on a certain type of publication, such as academic publishing. Credit from these graduate certificate programs can often be applied toward completion of a master's degree.

Master's Degree in Publishing

Core required classes typically cover publishing fundamentals such as design, production and editorial practices for various formats. Some schools design programs intended for working students, with classes based around an evening schedule or online coursework.

Graduate certificate programs and master's degree programs in publishing typically have courses that cover different aspects of publishing, and graduate certificate credit may be applied towards a master's degree program. Students should consider internship opportunities and their personal career goals when selecting a school.

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