Publishing FAQs

Will this program help me get a job?

Our goal is to give students the knowledge and skills necessary to embark upon or enhance a career in publishing; thus we train our students to be active participants in this ever-changing industry. Please consult the employer list for our alumni and current students.

How do you take into account how quickly the industry is changing?

Our instructors work in the field in which they teach, and they deal, on a daily basis, with these changes as they are happening. Consequently, our curriculum is updated regularly to reflect these changes.

Who are the instructors?

Our instructors are industry professionals who also have extensive academic experience and advanced degrees in their subject area.

Describe a typical Rosemont student.

Our students range in age and background -- some are right out of college, some have considerable work experience, and the rest are in between. Each student brings a passion for the publishing industry and the written word. Each also brings a willingness to share and engage in the classroom setting.

What else does Rosemont offer?

We have a beautiful 56-acre campus in suburban Philadelphia - 11 miles outside of Philadelphia. We offer many opportunities to interact with graduate students and faculty in other programs, such as creative writing and English literature. We regularly bring in authors, agents, editors, and other industry professionals to speak and meet with students. We also hold networking events for current students and alumni.

How do I apply for admission?

You can apply online, for free. Rosemont College School of Graduate Studies welcomes all students, without regard to race, religion, sex, national origin or handicapping conditions. Applicants for the master's degree need to have completed a baccalaureate from an accredited 4-year college or university, preferably with a GPA of at least 3.0. Applicants also provide 3 letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, a writing sample and official transcripts.

Can I take courses as a non-matriculated student?

Yes, students may earn up to 6 graduate credits (2 classes) before applying for matriculated status.

I took some graduate courses before coming to Rosemont? Can I transfer any credits?

Applicants who have completed previous graduate work at an accredited institution may, at the time they apply for admission, make a written request to transfer a maximum of two 3-credit courses. To be acceptable in transfer, course(s) may not have been previously applied toward a graduate degree and they must provide a good "match" for Rosemont program requirements. Courses may not have been undertaken more than 5 years prior to the request for transfer and the student must have earned at least a "B" (3.0). Pass/Fail courses are not eligible for transfer.

How will I know which courses to take each semester?

Course selections for the fall, spring and summer sessions must be made in consultation with student services and/or the program director either in person or via email. Three courses (9 credits) is considered a full-time load; two courses (6 credits) is considered full-time during the summer sessions.

Can I apply for financial assistance?

Graduate students enrolled in a degree-granting program of study, who are pursuing at least half-time coursework (two courses in the fall or spring; one course in each summer session), are eligible to apply for tuition assistance in the form of Stafford Loans. A limited number of competitive Graduate Assistantships are also available. Rosemont offers several tuition management options, so you can spread your payments out over the course of your program.

Does Rosemont offer graduate assistantships?

We have approximately 50 graduate assistantships available. The stipend for each one is equivalent to one graduate-level course. Students are permitted to apply for more than one assistantship.

How long will it take me to graduate?

The time it takes students to complete their degree requirements is entirely dependent on the number of courses taken in a given semester. Students carrying a full load can typically finish in less than two years. Students taking only one course at a time can take up to six years to complete a degree.

I still have questions – how can I get more information?

Contact the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies at 610.527.0200 x2958 or 1.888.2ROSEMONT and ask to speak directly with a Graduate Admissions Counselor, who will be happy to set up an individualized appointment at your convenience. We will do our very best to provide you with the assistance you need.