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MA in Publishing

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Gain in-depth knowledge about the publishing industry, make connections, and develop your skills in editorial work, marketing and promotion, production, and more. Improve your writing and research skills and ability to think creatively.

Rosemont's distinguished Master's of Arts in Publishing will prepare you to compete in the ever-changing and vibrant world of publishing. The program is delivered fully online.


Welcome to Rosemont College's Master's of Arts in Publishing

  • Develop editorial, marketing, and design skills for print/digitial mediums

  • Understand and implement publishing principles and policies

  • Research, analyze, and respond to current trends in the industry

  • Learn and apply communication methods relevant to the industry

  • Create a culminating thesis project exemplifying your talents

For over two decades, Rosemont's publishing courses have provided students with the necessary skills, insight, and experience to succeed in all aspects of the industry. This reputable degree allows you to explore both the creative and business sides of the field.

As a student in Publishing, you're able to take advantage of our program’s close affiliation with Rosemont’s other graduate programs in Creative Writing and Education. By choosing different elective courses from these programs, you will gain a strategic advantage in your chosen career.

Rosemont alums enjoy success as magazine and book editors, business owners, columnists, designers, literary agents, marketing directors, production managers, proofreaders, sales representatives,  teachers, writers, and more. 

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Pietra Dunmore '16 
Freelance Writer, Editor, Stylist

"I can honestly say that working on the Rathalla Review and  working as an editor for the Operating and Maintaining a Small Press class has helped me as a freelance editor and writer."

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Cassie Drumm '16
Senior Account Executive at Scribewise

"I started as an English major at Rosemont and worked my way to the Publishing program in my sophomore year...my professors guided me to gain the knowledge and experience to confidently start my career in the industry."

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 Madeline Polino '19
Editorial Assistant, Dual Degree Graduate

"I always thought I wanted to go to journalism school after Rosemont but editing and writing was where I needed to be. The 4+1 program gave me that chance and gave me that opportunity to jump-start a path to my future career."

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In a survey of recent alumni we found that 94% of respondents were employed full-time in publishing or a publishing-related field after graduating from the program. Students who interned during their time in the program were similarly employed at a 97% rate. Our program's professors work in publishing, and they provide practical expertise and vital connections to relevant organizations. In the past, publishing students have participated in a variety of internships at companies including Macmillan (NYC), Philadelphia Weekly, and Simon & Schuster, among others.


Children's Publishing (including MG and YA)

For many aspiring publishing professionals, working with children's, middle grade or young adult literature is a dream come true. The program offers Children's Books as an area of focus , with courses including "Libraries and K-12 Trade Publishing" and "Children's Picture Books." Specialized courses in writing for Young Adult and MIddle Grade readers are offered by the the MFA in Creative Writing program, and students pursuing the Double Degree in Creative Writing and Publishing can take advantage of these courses in both programs.


Digital

If your interests lie in design or social media you can take courses with a digital focus such as Design 1: Digital Foundations, "Marketing and Promoting Books" and "Branding and Social Media." By covering the latest and most-commonly used tools like Adobe InDesign, and by studying marketing and promotion across several channels, you'll gain skills you will need for digital tasks in the publishing industry.


Editorial

Understanding contracts, managing resources, gathering data to make informed decisions, supervising and coordinating with co-workers and others—an editor’s work goes well beyond the page. Courses such as "Small Press Practices," "Role of the Literary Agent," and "Editorial Roles in Publishing" show you editorial work from different depths and perspectives, allowing you to learn the concepts and skills needed to manage a project from its initial concept to publication.