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Publishing Master of Professional Studies

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The publishing industry has shown remarkable resilience in the face of rapid technological and economic change, but also developed a new way forward for how the written word is to be produced, distributed and consumed in the 21st century.

The program is designed for current and aspiring professionals. Some students include post-bachelor and post-graduate students who have earned their degrees in other disciplines but desire careers in publishing. Current publishing professionals can sharpen their skills and expand their knowledge through high-level coursework. The master’s degree in Publishing integrates traditional print with digital publishing topics, including editorial acquisitions, production and design, copyright law in print and cyberspace, marketing, distribution, management and business. Taught by nationally and internationally recognized leaders, you will master the skills required for traditional print publishing as well as online and electronic publishing.


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""Program at a Glance

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Complete in 2 Years

30-credit-hour, 2-year cohort program offered as a part-time program

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Foundational Learning

Core coursework provides a broad foundation of the entire industry, regardless of method of delivery: book, journal, or digital

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Multiple Tracks

Tracks focusing on professional roles: business & marketing, editorial, or technology & design

 

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"Completing this program was a huge confidence booster for me. I took classes alongside colleagues at the beginning of their career, like me, as well as those who had worked many years in publishing and were looking to further their professional development. The insight of my classmates, as well as my professors - who were all professionals in their fields - helped me develop an understanding of the publishing profession that wouldn't be gleaned simply from studying a book."
 

Anna Borgholthaus
Class of 2016

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Where Our Grads Work

 

Trade Publishing

  • National Geographic
  • The Atlantic
  • Penguin Random House
  • Melville House Books

 

Associations & Societies

  • American Geophysical Union
  • American Chemical Society
  • American Council on Education
  • American Psychological Association
  • ASCD
  • AAAS

 

Government & NGOs

  • Economic Research Service
  • Library of Congress
  • Federal Reserve Board
  • U.S. Department of State 
  • World Bank

 

Research Institutions

  • Brookings Institution
  • Gartner
  • General Dynamics Information Technology
  • Cato Institute
  • Booz Allen Hamilton

Scholarly Publishers

  • Cornell University Press
  • Elsevier
  • Sage Publications
  • CQ Press

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Where You'll Study 

Where you'll study
Online or at the Graduate Education Center in Alexandria, VA

You have two options of where to study for the MPS in Publishing. You can either choose to study fully online or at our Graduate Education Center in Alexandria, VA where classes are offered in the evenings.

""What You'll Study

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The program integrates traditional print with electronic publishing topics, including editorial acquisitions, production and design, copyright law in print and cyberspace, marketing, distribution, management and business.

To earn your degree you must complete 30 credits, including 16 credits in required courses and 14 credits in elective courses.

Publishing Schedule of Classes

 

  • PSPB 6201: Book and Journal Publishing (3 credits)
  • PSPB 6203: The Business of Publishing (2 credits)
  • PSPB 6205: Copyright Law in Print & Cyberspace (3 credits)
  • PSPB 6207: Marketing Strategies (2 credits)
  • PSPB 6232: Production Management (3 credits)
  • PSPB 6251: Fundamentals of Electronic Publishing (2 credits)
  • PSPB 6281: Ethics in Publishing (1 credit)
  • PSPB 6221: Publishing Management, Organization, and Strategy (2 credits)
  • PSPB 6222: Accounting and Finance for Publishers (2 credits)
  • PSPB 6271: Sales Management, Strategy, and Positioning (2 credits)
  • PSPB 6272: Book Publicity and Promotion (2 credits)
  • PSPB 6261: Editorial Content, Rights, and Permissions (2 credits)
  • PSPB 6262: Editing for Books, Journals, and Electronic Products (2 credits)
  • PSPB 6265: Managing Editorial Staff (2 credits)
  • PSPB 6213: Book Design (2 credits)
  • PSPB 6253: Electronic Publishing Theory and Practice (2 credits)
  • PSPB 6256: E-Publishing Technologies and Standards (2 credits)
  • PSPB 6257: Designing for E-publishing Success (2 credits)
  • PSPB 6259: E-Publishing Tools (2 credits)

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Our professional faculty hold leadership positions in a variety of publishing organizations and possess diverse backgrounds and expertise.

  • Rebecca S. Benner, M.P.S., Adjunct Professor, M.P.S. in Publishing, George Washington University.

  • Virginia Veiga Bryant, M. Phil., Trinity College Dublin; Marketing and Sales Director, Georgetown University Press; Adjunct Professor, M.P.S. in Publishing, George Washington University.

  • Kathleen Ann DeBoer,  Writer/producer and Adjunct Professor, M.P.S. in Publishing, George Washington University.

  • Barbara M. Ford, M.A., DBA Meyers Consulting Services and Adjunct Professor, M.P.S. in Publishing, George Washington University.

  • Tony Julien, M.A., Publication Design; Creative Director, 720 Strategies, and Adjunct Professor, M.P.S. in Publishing, George Washington University.

  • Michael Kalyan, Director of Production Services, ASCD; Adjunct Professor, M.P.S. in Publishing, George Washington University.

  • Alphonse L. MacDonald, M.B.A., John Hopkins, Acting Executive Director, National Academies Press. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; Adjunct Professor, M.P.S. in Publishing, George Washington University.

  • Kevin Mayo, Director, Product Management at Vbrick; Adjunct Professor, M.P.S. in Publishing, George Washington University.

  • Janis Owens, Adjunct Professor, Book Design Course, M.P.S. in Publishing, George Washington University.

  • Kimberly M. Schmelzinger, M.M., Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University; Founder and Principal, Meanline Publisher Services; Adjunct Professor, M.P.S. in Publishing, George Washington University.

  • Eric S. Slater, Esq., J.D., New York Law School, Master of Journalism, Louisiana State University, B.S. Mass Communications, Virginia Commonwealth University; Adjunct Professor, M.P.S. in Publishing, George Washington University.

  • Dean Smith, Director, Cornell University Press; Adjunct Professor, M.P.S. in Publishing, George Washington University.

  • Ioan Suciu is Assistant Director and Business Manager for Georgetown University Press; Adjunct Professor, M.P.S. in Publishing, George Washington University.

  • Puja Telikicherla, M.A., Media Ecology, New York University; Digital Publishing & Rights Manager, Georgetown University Press; Adjunct Professor, M.P.S. in Publishing, George Washington University.

  • John W. WarrenDirector and Associate Professor, M.P.S. in Publishing, George Washington University.

 

""Admissions Information

To be eligible for the program you must have earned an undergraduate degree, with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher, from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning.

Please note that this program is not eligible for students to apply for an F-1 or J-1 international visa.

Deadlines

Fully completed applications submitted on or before the priority deadline will receive an application fee waiver. An application file is considered “complete” when academic transcripts, recommendations, test scores (if applicable), employment verification (if applicable), and the completed online application (including resume and statement of purpose) are received.

Applications received after the Final deadline will continue to be processed, space permitting.

 

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Graduate tuition and fees at the George Washington University are comparable to the national average for private universities. These costs, set by the GW Board of Trustees, generally increase from year to year and may vary by program and location.

Tuition is made up of many variables, so all calculations are estimates based on current tuition rates and fee structures. Total tuition and fees will adjust depending on the courses taken and the rate at which you complete your coursework. Please use this information as an approximate tuition amount based on current information and not your final investment, which will appreciate over time.

Financial Aid Opportunities

Costs

Rates Effective Summer 2019-Spring 2020 Terms

Curriculum: 14 courses (typically completed in two years), 30 credits

30 credits @ $980/credit hour: $29,400

Registration fees:
6 registration sessions @$35 each
$210
TOTAL: Tuition + fees

$29,610


Other Fees to Consider

  • Application fee (one time): $80
  • Matriculation fee (one time): $200
  • Books: Approximately $50-$100/course

The costs of travel, meals and accommodations (if applicable) are not included in the tuition or fees.

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Jasmine Wallace

MPS in Publishing graduate, 2015
Peer Review Manager, American Society for Microbiology

"As I worked to finish my program, the degree became not just about career progression, but also a direct path to a competitive advantage and a stepping stone ahead in an industry built on networking and reputation."

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Information Sessions

We periodically offer online and in-person information sessions about the Publishing Master of Professional Studies. Contact the program representative to learn more about upcoming events. 

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