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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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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 all courses in one track; the remaining credits are taken in elective courses, with at least one elective taken in each of the two remaining tracks.

Publishing Schedule of Classes

 

 

PSPB 6201

Book and Journal Publishing (3 credits)

PSPB 6203

Business of Publishing (2 credits)

PSPB 6205

Copyright Law/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 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 6221

Publishing Management, Organization, and Strategy (2 credits)

PSPB 6222

Accounting and Finance for Publishers (2 credits)

PSPB 6224

Budgeting, Fulfillment, and Distribution (2 credits)

PSPB 6258

User-Centric Design for Print and Electronic Publications (2 credits)

PSPB 6271

Sales Management, Strategy, and Positioning (2 credits)

PSPB 6272

Book Publicity & Promotion (2 credits)

PSPB 6273

Managing the Marketing Portfolio (2 credits)

 

PSPB 6253

Electronic Publishing Theory & Practice (2 credits)

PSPB 6255

Electronic Publishing: Infrastructure and Architecture (3 credits)

PSPB 6256

E-Publishing Technologies And Standards (2 Credits)

PSPB 6257

Designing/E-publishing Success (2 credits)

PSPB 6258

User-Centric Design for Print and Electronic Publications (2 credits)

PSPB 6259

E-Publishing Tools (2 Credits)

Credits beyond those for all required courses are taken as electives; at least one elective must be taken in each of the two remaining tracks.

""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 priority 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

Alexandria, VA Costs

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

Tuition (Summer 2018-Spring 2019 Terms):
30 credits @ $925/credit hour: $27,750

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

$27,960

Online Program Costs

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

Tuition (Summer 2018-Spring 2019 Terms):
30 credits @ $925/credit hour: $27,750

Registration fees:
6 registration sessions @$35 each

$210
TOTAL: Tuition + fees $27,960

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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"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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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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