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Master of Arts in Publishing

Drexel’s Master of Arts in Publishing has a newly designed curriculum, exciting courses and a broad range of faculty, all professionals in their field. The new program is interdisciplinary, offering courses in law, business and graphic design.

Teaching faculty come from all areas of publishing, from newspapers to small presses, from online venues to academic presses. Classes often feature guest speakers who are also currently working in the industry, such as small press founders, trade magazine editors and more.

New courses include Small Press Development and The E-book and e-zine, as well as special topics classes in areas such as Literary Agents and Publishing via Alternative Delivery Methods.

Opportunities for creating your own coursework are rich and diverse. We offer challenges via the Drexel Publishing Group and several local publishing venues. Independent project possibilities are as wide as your imagination. 

The program serves those who intend to pursue a career in publishing and also serves the needs of individuals already employed in the publishing field who seek to update and broaden their knowledge and/or aspire to advance in their field.

General Requirements

In addition to the coursework, the Master of Arts in Publishing requires a project involving any feature of the Drexel Publishing Group. The program also strongly suggests an independent study or independent project. Students can work with regional presses, magazines and other periodicals to fulfill this requirement; we can often assist with placement for specific projects.

Learn more about the degree in the course catalog

Format

The Publishing program offers traditional classes, online and synchronized online courses and day and evening hours. Students study all aspects and genres of the publishing industry, while also focusing on their own primary areas of interest.

Independent Study or Project

For the independent study, students may choose to investigate an area of publishing that is not covered by other courses offered in the program. Students may suggest a topic to the Program Director, Kathleen Volk Miller, at any time. Topics must be approved in advance of registration by the coordinator and the faculty member involved. On a case-by-case basis, undergraduate courses may be taken for independent study credit upon approval by the director and the instructor.

Students may also choose to do an independent project. The project must be related to the printing and publishing industries and must be designed, under faculty advisement, to meet the student’s individual interests and career goals.

A proposal for both the independent study and independent project is required and should be submitted for approval before the start of the term in which the course will be taken. Students may request a proposal form from the program director, Kathleen Volk Miller at kvm@drexel.edu.

Learn more about the degree in the Course Catalog