MA in Publishing FAQs
Thanks for your interest in Rosemont's Master's of Arts in Publishing program. Please find answers to some of the most commonly-asked questions below. If you have any further questions, don't hesitate to reach out to our Program Director Marshall Warfield or Graduate Admissions Counselor Teresa Fitzpatrick.
Q: How will this program prepare me for a job in the publishing industry?
A: You will acquire the necessary skills, knowledge, and experience to succeed in a variety of publishing jobs. The program's professors work in publishing and provide real-life, practical expertise. Over the past five years, 45% of graduating alumni had completed an internship for credit and boosted their job prospects.
Q: Who is a typical MA in Publishing student?
A: MA in Publishing students come to Rosemont from all over the world and bring with them their own unique backgrounds along with a passion for publishing and the written word. We foster and encourage diversity at Rosemont, which enriches our discussions, connections, and research. We find the most successful students are receptive to feedback, willing to share and collaborate with peers, and act true to their creative selves.
Q: What else does Rosemont offer?
A: We have a beautiful 58-acre campus in suburban Philadelphia (11 miles west of down-town Philadelphia). Philadelphia's collection of literary, educational, and medical institutions nourishes our publishing environment at Rosemont. Our location allows us to regularly bring in authors, agents, editors, and other industry professionals to speak with and meet students in a comfortable setting.
We also hold networking events for current students and alumni. You will also have opportunities to interact with graduate students and faculty in other programs such as creative writing, business, and education.
Q: How do I apply for admission?
A: 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 four-year college or university (preferably with a GPA of 3.0 or higher). Applicants must also provide three letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, writing sample, resume, and official transcripts.
Q: Can I take courses as a non-matriculated student?
A: Yes. Students may earn up to six graduate credits (two classes) before applying for matriculated status.
Q: I took some graduate courses before coming to Rosemont. Can I transfer any credits?
A: At the time you apply for admission, you may make a written request to transfer a maximum of two 3-credit courses. For details, consult the SGPS section of the Academic Catalog maintained by the Office of the Registrar.
Q: How will I know which courses to take each semester?
A: Each semester, you will discuss your course selection with your program adviser or advisers. These meetings (in-person or phone) will provide you with information that can help you make the best decisions.
Q: Can I apply for financial assistance?
A: You may apply for financial assistance if you are enrolled in a degree-granting program
and taking two 3-credit courses in the semester for which you are applying: fall, spring, or
summer. You are eligible to apply for the following:
- Stafford Loans - (contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information)
- Graduate Assistantships - (contact the Office of Human Resources for more information)
- Director's Merit Awards - (available to students who entered with a GPA of 3.5 or more)
Additionally, Rosemont offers several tuition management options where you can spread out payments over the course of your program. For more information contact the Office of Student Accounts.
Q: What are Graduate Assistantships?
A: As a graduate student, you have the opportunity to apply to become a Graduate Assistant. This position allows you the opportunity to work for Rosemont College in a variety of areas related to your field of study while receiving tuition reimbursement. Positions become available every semester. The stipend for each position is equivalent to one graduate-level course.
Q: How long will it take me to graduate?
A: The amount of time necessary to complete all program requirements varies. Students taking three courses per semester usually complete their degree in two years. Students taking only one course at a time can take up to six years to complete their degree. Meet with your program adviser to create a timeline for your course of study.
Q: I still have questions. How can I get more information?
A: Contact the Office of Admissions at 610-526-2966 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you call, ask to speak directly with a Graduate School Admissions Counselor to set up an individualized appointment at your convenience.