Publishing (MS)

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Program Description

With an emphasis upon real-world, real-workplace learning, the 36-credit Master of Science in Publishing provides students with a practical foundation in book publishing and digital/magazine media. Through a combination of classroom learning and hands-on computer laboratory study of key programs and platforms, the Master of Science in Publishing helps students master the key skills required for success in today’s publishing workplace. The program focuses on the creative and content development components of the industry, including editing for print and digital formats as well as key business functions such as marketing and publicity, sales, and business development. You may elect to take a flexible full-time (courses four nights a week) or part-time schedule, designed to accommodate your studies and your work in the industry.

Your professors in the classroom are high-level executives, including publishers; editors-in-chief; and digital, marketing, and sales directors, who provide you with the latest business strategies as well as valuable networking contacts. In addition, an advisory board of the industry's most senior executives supports student interests and facilitates publishing events. Distinguished alumni, who are top industry leaders, return to the classroom to share their knowledge with the next generation of publishing professionals.

Learning occurs not only in the classroom, but also through a wide range of visits to publishing and media companies; through lectures by prominent guest speakers; and through a series of public forums on topics of media interest. The global expansion of the program has enabled qualified students to volunteer at industry gatherings and conferences in Frankfurt, London, and Bologna. In addition, students may benefit from the program's extensive network of industry contacts by enrolling in an elective internship program.

The culmination of the program is a graduate thesis ("Capstone"), which involves developing an innovative business plan for a new media venture. With the guidance of faculty members, students present their theses to industry leaders, showcasing the depth of their learning and their readiness to move forward in an exciting, rapidly-changing industry.


All applicants to the School of Professional Studies (SPS) are required to submit the general application requirements, which include:

  • Application Fee
  • College/University Transcripts
  • Résumé
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Degree Requirements
  • Recommendations
  • Kira Talent Assessment
  • Degree-Specific Requirements
  • English Language Assessment
  • Pearson Versant English Placement Test
  • International Transcript Evaluation
  • International Student Visa Requirements

See degree specific application requirements for instructions specific to this program.