The Best Book Publishing Programs in the US


Author: openroadmedia

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(source: NYU Center for Publishing)

For everyone interested in joining the wonderful world of book publishing, here are some of the best academic programs and communities. They vary in location, length, and pricing, and focus on various aspects of the business, such as production, editorial, marketing, distribution, contracts, and so on. Here’s the best part: Classes in each of these programs are taught by industry professionals who share their invaluable insights.

1. The NYU-SCPS Center for Publishing

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Location: New York, New York

About: The Center for Publishing offers a master’s program and a summer program for students interested in magazine, book, and digital publishing. The Master of Science in Publishing: Digital & Print Media is a 42-credit graduate program. The Summer Publishing Institute is a six-week intensive. Industry professionals teach both programs.

Featured testimonial: “SPI [Summer Publishing Institute] taught me where to go to seek out the jobs I want and how to navigate professional functions (mixers, interviews, etc.) in a way that will maximize my connections and leave a good impression.” – Linnea Zielinski 

2. Columbia Publishing Course

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Location: New York, New York

About: The Columbia Publishing Course offers students an intensive introduction to working in book and magazine publishing and digital media. Seasoned professionals teach the classes and seminars. CPC offers resume workshops, collaborative seminars with evaluations by publishing professionals, and a job fair.

Featured testimonial: “The skills and contacts I obtained while at the course provided me the wherewithal needed to secure my first job at a magazine. The access it gives to leaders in the industry is unparalleled, making it a worthwhile investment for anyone beginning a career in publishing.” – David Bazner, assistant, GQ.com  

3. Yale Publishing Course

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Location: New Haven, Connecticut

About: The Yale Publishing Course is a five-day program directed toward “middle to senior-level publishing professionals who wish to advance in their careers and take on broader responsibilities.” Industry experts and faculty lead the course from the Yale School of Management. It also offers speaking events and one-on-one counseling sessions.

Featured testimonial: “My week at the Yale Publishing Course re-energized me. It may be ‘anxious enthusiasm’ I have now for the future of book publishing, but enthusiasm it is! I learned so much from not only the top leaders in the business but also from my peers in the course, with whom I shared problems, ideas, goals, and an excellent esprit de corps!” – Ann Arnow, Executive Vice President, Bridge Publications, Inc.

4. Young to Publishing Group

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Locations: New York City and the Bay Area

About: The Young to Publishing Group is an “initiative of the Association of American Publishers (AAP) that strives to give entry-level and junior industry employees…a chance to build a community outside of their own publishing house and to educate themselves about the publishing industry as a whole.” They offer programs such as educational events, book mailings, social events, and community service opportunities.

Featured testimonial: “@YoungToPub Thanks for your awesome interview tips! I’m currently in the process and it was great to find a relevant article!” – Tweet from @racheldoesbooks

5. Pace University Master’s in Publishing

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Location: New York, New York 

About: Pace University offers a 36-credit graduate program that gives students an in-depth overview of the book and magazine publishing industries. It also incorporates digital media strategies into the curriculum. Additionally, the program offers 12-credit graduate certificate programs in: book publishing, digital publishing, magazine publishing, and business aspects of publishing.

Featured testimonial: “Some of the highlights, besides some of my classmates, was having the guest speakers come in and hearing about what they do in their roles. Professor Soares’ Children’s Book Publishing confirmed that I wanted to be in children’s publishing and Professor Diehn’s Desktop Publishing course has helped me time and time again with presentations, and projects.” – Allegra Green, Marketing Operations Coordinator at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

6. CUNY Publishing Institute

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Location: New York, New York 

About: The CUNY (City University of New York) Publishing Institute is a five-day course for people interested in beginning their careers in publishing and for working professionals. Students will learn about digital book publishing, working at a start-up, new technologies, and more. Guest speakers who are a part of the publishing community as publishers, editors, and writers from both traditional houses and start-up companies will hold discussions. It is led by John Oakes, the co-founder of OR Books.

Featured testimonial: “John Oakes corrals the best and brightest from the New York publishing scene to provide a terrific crash course in book business basics. I learned a tremendous amount in just one week.” – Michael Z. Wise, cofounder of New Vessel Press

7. University of Denver Publishing Institute

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Location: Denver, Colorado

About: The Publishing Institute is a four-week intensive held in the summer. Its purpose is to provide students with an overview of the book publishing industry through lectures given by industry professionals, workshops, and field trips.

Featured testimonial: “The University of Denver Publishing Institute is one of the best life choices I have ever made. I was able to continue my education without spending several years in grad school, I learned more about the publishing industry than I could have in a semester at an internship, and I made memories that will last a lifetime.” – Madisen Rey

8. Emerson College Publishing and Writing Program

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Location: Boston, Massachusetts

About: The Publishing and Writing MA Program offers courses in book, magazine, and electronic publishing. It also focuses on the intersection between publishing and literature. The faculty is comprised of publishing and writing professionals with experience in writing, editing, design, production, promotion, and distribution.

Featured testimonial: “I think taking Rodzvilla’s E-Publishing Overview course made me realize that there’s a lot in that field that is really important to know about, and extremely practical, for any modern career in publishing. Between the basics of HTML and learning the ins and outs of CSS, I realized I still have a lot to learn, and hope to continue to do so!” – Anne Vickman

9. Portland State University

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Location: Portland, Oregon

About: The MA/MS in Writing is for students who would like to advance their careers. The Professional and Technical Writing Program and the Book Publishing Program offer courses in book editing, publication technologies, writing, and information technology for writers. Some examples of assignments include writing query letters for fiction and nonfiction books, creating book marketing plans, drafting book design proposals, and creating finished layouts.

Featured testimonial: “…It’s all about getting involved, taking every opportunity to grow further, dig deeper. What I love about the Publishing Program is that our student-run Ooligan Press provides myriad opportunities to participate in the work of an active publishing company. So much good has come into my life simply from volunteering for Ooligan and accepting assignments within the press.” – Karen Brattain

10. Corcoran College of Art and Design

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Location: Washington, D.C.

About: The MA in Art and the Book program is designed as a comprehensive survey of the history and theory of book culture “as well as contemporary techniques for creating artists’ books.” Students enrolled in the program can take advantage of art galleries such as the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Library of Congress, and Corcoran’s Printmaking Studios.

Featured testimonial: “Attending the Corcoran has been a life-changing experience for me. I hope that prospective students will take full advantage of all the Corcoran has to offer. I never would have imaged that I would be where I am now in regards to my artwork and my career.” – Jaime Lynn Shafer

11. Simmons College

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Location: Boston, Massachusetts

About: Students in the MA in Children’s Literature program experience an in-depth study of children’s books. The curriculum incorporates other fields of study such as art, history, education, sociology, psychology, and media studies. It also addresses topics such as book publishing, literacy, and writing fiction for children. Graduates of the MA in Children’s Literature program pursue careers as authors, editors, scholars, librarians, and teachers.

Featured testimonial: “If you love the true literary study of YA and middle grade novels and picture books — and/or if you’re interested in writing them — check out Simmons. The Children’s Literature program is rigorous, invigorating, and inspiring, and it changed my life in all the best ways.” – Kristin Cashore, author of the award-winning YA novel, Graceling

12. University of Baltimore, Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences

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Location: Baltimore, Maryland; and Rockville, Maryland

About: The MA in Publication Design program provides students the necessary skills in writing and graphic design to become adept in designing, publishing, and navigating digital tools and the newest technologies. The program also requires its students to develop professional portfolios and learn about real-world design problems. The program is also offered in weekend and online formats at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, Maryland.

Featured testimonial: “The faculty is amazing.”

13. George Washington University

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Location: Washington, D.C.

About: The M.P.S. in Publishing program provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in the publishing industry. The curriculum includes courses in traditional publishing, digital publishing, editorial acquisitions, production and design, copyright, and more. The Graduate Certificate in Academic Publishing is geared toward established professionals interested in expanding their knowledge and expertise in the academic publishing field.

Featured testimonial: "The program gave me essential information about the constantly changing aspects of publishing–both print and online. I’ve been able to use this information on the job, and it’s made me more marketable in the field.“ – Jennifer Nichols, Publications Manager, The Society of American Military Engineers

It’s worth mentioning that each of the above programs offer excellent networking opportunities, too!

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