Publishing encompasses editorial acquisitions, production, writing, editing, design, marketing, distribution and management; different programs offer different areas of focus, such as creative writing, journalistic writing, creative nonfiction, journalism or graphic communications. Schools help prepare students not only through coursework, but also through high-profile campus publications, symposiums, readings, internships and externships; graduates of technical schools with publishing-related degrees might work as production assistants, desktop publishers, production artists, content developers, Internet authors, technical writers or multimedia specialists.
10 Publishing Schools
The following list includes a number of public and private schools that offer publishing programs.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition (2015-2016)*|
|Gateway Technical College||Kenosha, WI||2-year, Public||Associate's,||In-state Undergraduate $4,090; Out-of-state Undergraduate $6,016|
|Emerson College||Boston, MA||4-year, Private||Bachelor's, Master's||Undergraduate $41,052; Graduate $28,728|
|Hofstra University||Hempstead, NY||4-year, Private||Bachelor's, Master's||Undergraduate $40,460; Graduate $21,456|
|Pace University - New York||New York, NY||Master's||4-year, Private||Master's||Graduate $28,080|
|George Washington University||Washington, DC||4-year, Private||Master's||Graduate $27,810|
|New York University||New York, NY||4-year, Private||Bachelor's, Master's||Undergraduate $47,750; Graduate $38,592|
|Minnesota State University - Moorhead||Moorhead, MN||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||In-state Undergraduate $8,096; Out-of-state Undergraduate $15,232|
|Columbia University||New York, NY||4-year, Private||Bachelor's, Master's||Undergraduate $53,000; Graduate $42,280|
|Davidson College||Davidson, NC||4-year, Private||Master's||Graduate $46,966|
|Northwestern University||Evanston, IL||4-year, Private||Bachelor's, Master's||Undergraduate $49,047; Graduate $48,624|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
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School Selection Criteria
When considering a publishing-related program, students may want to consider several points.
- Students should select a program that offers courses related to their area of focus.
- Students might consider hands-on experiences and internships or other work-study opportunities when choosing a school.
- Another consideration is school location; schools located in or near major publishing centers, such as New York City, might offer more opportunities for practical study and internships.
- An academic advisory board can provide networking opportunities with authors, editors or publishing executives, as well as job placement help for students.
An Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Graphic Communications or another media-related discipline is one option. This degree might require courses in computer fundamentals and Internet and multimedia production. Pre-press, publishing production and professional development skills might also be emphasized.
The numerous options available for publishing-related undergraduate degrees include a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.). Specific publishing degrees - such as a BFA in Literature, Writing and Publishing - are possible but they're not plentiful. Graduates of journalism, graphic design, English or even marketing programs could apply their education to the publishing world.
A 2-year Master of Science (MS) program in publishing typically includes one year of classroom coursework and a year of working on a thesis in which students research and analyze a problem in the publishing industry. Publishing graduate programs sometimes offer concentrations, such as packaging, information technology or business. Another option is a Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Publishing. It might cover traditional book and journal publishing as well as online publishing and new technologies. A digital publishing practicum is sometimes offered.
Although only a few institutions offer degrees in publishing, it's possible to prepare to enter the publishing industry with an education in journalism or English, or other related subjects. A number of universities and colleges offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in relevant fields that those interested in pursuing a publishing career can choose from when deciding on postsecondary studies.