The Master’s degree in Writing with a specialization in Book Publishing is a 48-credit degree. Students are required to complete:
- 20 credits (i.e. 5 courses) of required foundational courses;
- 8 credits of Ooligan Press–related coursework, which can be completed through any combination of Publishing Studio (WR 574) and Publishing Lab (WR 575);
- 8 credits (i.e. 2 courses) of elective courses designated with the prefix WR, which includes all Book Publishing courses;
- 12 credits (i.e. 3 courses) that may involve coursework in another discipline with advisor approval.
Students gain a comprehensive view of the industry through the program’s required foundational courses. These courses include Introduction to Book Publishing, Book Editing, Book Design Software, Book Marketing, The Business of Book Publishing, and Digital Skills. Students in the graduate program in Book Publishing are required to take five of these six courses, for a total of 20 credits. One of these five courses must be Introduction to Book Publishing. All required courses are also open to students in other programs, including undergraduate students.
Students in the graduate program in Book Publishing have the opportunity to specialize in an area of the publishing process. One of the ways they do this is by taking advanced, elective courses in areas such as editing, design, or marketing. Some of these elective courses require that you have taken a foundational course prior to enrollment. However, other elective courses are open to all students, including those in other programs and undergraduate students.
Ooligan Press is a publishing house staffed by students in the graduate program in Book Publishing. Publishing four books a year and selling them in bookstores across the nation as well as online, Ooligan provides a hands-on experience that is not replicated in any other graduate program. Students participate in every step of the publishing process—from manuscript acquisition to editing, from design and production to marketing and sales—with guidance and supervision provided by expert faculty. Students take lessons from the classroom and apply them to real-world publishing challenges, resulting in numerous award-winning and bestselling books that span every genre.
Here’s how it works: