Book publishing is a $26 billion industry in the United States that produces approximately 2.7 billion books each year. Increasingly, the book publishing industry is intertwined with other media industries such as film, television, video games, and music.
People come into the book publishing industry from various educational and vocational backgrounds. Book publishing used to be an apprenticeship-based industry, where new publishing professionals learn the ways of the trade by being mentored by more seasoned publishing professionals. But as the industry grows more competitive, getting that initial job opportunity in publishing has become more difficult. Additionally, new media forms require entrants to the industry to have up-to-date skills in digital production, promotion, and platforms.
A Master’s in Book Publishing sets you apart in this competitive industry and equips you with the skills and experience necessary to be successful in an ever-changing market. A Master’s from Portland State sets you apart because, in addition to the skills and experience needed to enter the industry, you’ll also leave with two years of professional publishing experience, thanks to your work with Ooligan Press.
The graduate program in Book Publishing at Portland State University is at the forefront of publishing education nationally. In fact, Publishers Weekly described the program as a place where “publishing education gets innovative.” Founded in 2001 with the intent to combine traditional academic study and hands-on experiential learning, it is the only graduate program in book publishing in the western United States and the only program in the US that has a trade publishing house staffed by students, Ooligan Press.
The book publishing program provides a general publishing education with specialized opportunities (particularly in book editing, marketing, design, and digital), and experiential learning through Ooligan Press. Equipped with this unparalleled interdisciplinary education, graduates of PSU’s book publishing report great success in their post-graduate lives.
Want to know how our program measures up to other book publishing programs in the US? Want to know what our alumni are doing in their post-PSU lives? See our Why PSU page.