There are only seven other places around the nation where one can get a Master’s degree with an emphasis in publishing. Notably, the graduate program in Book Publishing at Portland State University is the only such program in the western half of the United States. The other graduate programs are as follows:
- Drexel University M.A. in Publishing
- Emerson College M.A. in Publishing and Writing
- New York University M.S. in Publishing
- Pace University M.S. in Publishing
- Rosemont College M.A. in Publishing
- The George Washington University M.P.S. in Publishing
- University of Houston – Victoria M.S. in Publishing
New programs are being established with increasing frequency, however, as publishers abandon the apprenticeship model for hiring decisions.
Of course, there are also short-term summer programs devoted to instruction on the subject of publishing, such as the Denver Publishing Insitute, the Columbia Publishing Course, and the New York University Summer Publishing Institute. These programs provide terrific networking opportunities for aspiring publishing professionals, but they do not provide anywhere near the same depth of understanding of the publishing industry that a graduate program can provide.
Among the places one can get a Master’s degree with an emphasis in publishing, the graduate program in Book Publishing at Portland State University is the only one with a publishing house staffed by graduate students that produces real books by real authors for real readers. This hands-on experience, when combined with the program’s focus on providing its students with a comprehensive view of the industry through its required foundational courses, results in a particularly versatile breed of graduate. Alumni of the program obtain jobs in the industry, start their own companies, establish successful freelance careers, parlay their skills into related fields, and basically define their own futures.
The extensive coverage of the program in publishing industry media (such as this article, this article, and this article, all from Publishers Weekly) is a testament to the high regard in which it is held by industry professionals.