Colleges and Universities Offering a Master's in Publishing

A master's degree in publishing offers the opportunity to meet publishing professionals and gain valuable work experience. It also gives students the chance to gain knowledge in their desired publishing specialty, whether that be in marketing, editorial, design or writing.

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Students who are interested in earning a master's degree in publishing can find program options at four-year colleges and universities.

Schools for Publishing:

Here are some of the schools that offer master's programs in publishing.

College/University Location Institution Type Tuition*
Emerson College Boston, MA 4-year, Private, not-for-profit $28,728
George Washington University Washington, DC 4-year, Private, not-for-profit $27,810
Pace University-New York New York, NY 4-year, Private, not-for-profit $28,080
University of Houston-Victoria Victoria, TX 4-year, Public $5,574 (in-state)
University of Baltimore Baltimore, MD 4-year, Public $13,096 (in-state)
New York University New York, NY 4-year, Private, not-for-profit $38,592
Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY 4-year, Private, not-for-profit $37,124

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

University Selection Criteria

Masters programs in publishing typically teach about the processes of the publishing industry and laws. Students may want to take the following into account when choosing a school:

  • Those who have broader interests may find programs that offer some focus in book arts or writing in addition to publishing.
  • Students should consider the internship opportunities available within a school's master's program, as this provides students with hands-on experience as well as networking opportunities.
  • School location may be important to students who would like to be near or intern with certain major publishing companies.
  • Students may want to take into account the type of publishing they would like to focus on and ensure that the school they choose emphasizes that concentration.

Master's Degree in Publishing

A master's degree in publishing often requires a thesis, portfolio or practicum to complete the degree. Usually, a bachelor's degree is the only requirement for admission to these programs; however, some schools may prefer that students also have work experience. Publishing programs often teach students about copyright law, book marketing and book editing.

Master of Fine Arts in Writing and Publishing

Some students interested in publishing might also be interested in writing, and there are particular schools that cater to these dual interests. These programs combine writing workshops with coursework on the business of publishing. Additional requirements could include a thesis or final project. To apply to such programs, students will need a completed bachelor's degree and a portfolio showing writing experience.

Master of Fine Arts in Book Arts

Some students are drawn to publishing through an interest in the design of book covers, typeface and illustration. These individuals will want to look for programs in book arts. Publishing topics will also be covered in these programs, but the focus will be on the hands-on creation of books and other printed materials. A thesis may be required for graduation. These programs are usually housed in art schools, and a portfolio of completed work is likely to be an admissions requirement, along with a bachelor's degree.

Those interested in earning a master's degree in publishing can choose from a variety of programs. Students should take into consideration what programs schools offer, as well as their location, when choosing where to apply.

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