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MA in Publishing

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Gain in-depth knowledge about the publishing industry and develop your skills as an editor, literary agent, writer, and creative thinker. 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 editing, layout, and design-related skills for print/digitial mediums

  • Understand and implement publishing principles and policies

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

  • Practice effective verbal/written communication methods

  • 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 WritingBusiness, 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, proofreaders, columnists, literary agents, production managers, designers, sales representatives, writers, teachers, marketing directors, and more. 


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."



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 professors guided me to gain the knowledge and experience to confidently start my career in the industry."



 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."


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 and YA Publishing

For many aspiring publishing professionals, working with children's or young adult literature is a dream come true. Rosemont offers specialized courses in these areas, including "Exploring the Middle School Novel" and "Contemporary Issues in Children's Publishing" as well as the opportunity to take courses outside the publishing department. For example, if you choose to concentrate in Children's and YA Publishing, you may take courses in our MFA in Creative Writing program that focus on writing children's and YA books.


If your interests lie in graphic, book, or web design, you may concentrate on courses that cover the most useful skills in that area of the profession. Rosemont's design courses include: "Typography, Color, and Design," "Digital Foundation," and "Web Design Studio." Covering the latest and most-commonly used tools like Adobe InDesign and programming languages that include HTML5 and JavaScript, you'll gain the hands-on skills you need to work as a designer in the publishing industry.


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 "Acquisitions" 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.