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Degree Requirements

MA in Publishing

An MA in Publishing requires 36 credits encompassing the following:

Survey Courses (12 credits)
Specified Concentration (12 credits)
Electives (9 credits)
Capstone Project or Thesis (3 credits)

Required Courses for All Concentrations (Survey Courses)

  • GPP-7000: Introduction to Digital Publishing & Content Development
  • GPP-7200: Publishing Overview
  • GPP-7227: Publishing Law
  • GPP-7345: Design Studio I

Specified Concentration

  • Choose courses in a track: Business of Publishing, Children's, Design, Editing
  • Visit our Courses page for more information


  • Choose courses in any concentration in the program.

Capstone/Thesis (GPP 7500)

  • All students are required to take GPP 7500
  • Students have one calendar year to complete their capstone/thesis
  • Capstones are project based whereas the thesis is an academic paper, which involves significant  research
  • Students must earn a B or higher

Sample capstone/thesis titles:

Ebooks: Connecting Publishers and Schools

Current Relationships between Bloggers and Publishing Houses: A Marketing Study

Publishing with a Purpose: An Analysis of the Christian Publishing Sector

Revealing the Truth and Legal Issues in Fabricated and False Memoirs

Social Media Marketing and the Book Industry

Banned Books: A Growing, Changing Culture and Its Societal Impact on the Publishing  Industry

Sole: A Publication Dedicated Solely to Shoes (student created magazine & marketing  plan)