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Success and Outcomes

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Our highly-successful alumni hold positions as agents, designers, editors, managing editors, developmental and acquisitions editors, proofreaders, writers, teachers, photographers, marketing directors, production managers, sales managers, technology consultants, writers, and more. 

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Practical Skills for an Ever-Changing Market

Rosemont's convenient location in Bryn Mawr provides you with access to exciting employment opportunities along the East Coast. With important publishing centers such as New York City, Boston, and Philadelphia, students pursuing the MA in Publishing degree begin or advance their careers by interning or working while they study, adding to their academics with hands-on experience and practical workplace knowledge.

In a survey of recent alumni who interned while they were in the program, we found that 100% of respondents were employed full-time after graduating from the program. These students reported that they "often" or "constantly" "used the skills or knowledge learned from MA in Publishing courses or internships." (44% response. Data collected from students in academic years 2014-15 through 2018-19.)

Pietra Dunmore '16, Freelance Writer, Editor, Stylist

Professional of Pietra Dunmore, a young African-American woman with full, curly black hair and a purple scarf.The Graduate programs in Creative Writing and Publishing introduced me to new forms of creative writing and expression—along with driving me to create and submit more often for publication. Since graduating Rosemont in 2016, I have had a variety of experiences. I do not have a typical day, but I use my skills honed at Rosemont daily. 

I am currently the final reader for Matter Press, The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts. It is my responsibility to read submissions of compressed fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction and give the definitive vote on works in question. I can honestly say that working with the Rathalla Review team and working as an editor for the Operating and Maintaining a Small Press class has helped me in my current position.

For a few summers, I worked as an English teacher for Rowan’s CHAMP (Creating Higher Aspiration and Motivation Project) Gear Up summer program, a six-week summer enrichment program for Camden City middle and high school students.

Daily, I maintain my company RetroChic Beauty and my author website The experiences I had in the publishing classes have helped me maintain a cohesive look and feel to both websites.

Cassie Drumm '16, Senior Account Executive at Scribewise

Image of Cassie Drumm, a young white woman with glasses and brown hair standing in front of a shelf of books.This confidence has stayed with me throughout the early parts of my career. As an assistant at Running Press, I asked for a promotion within a year of getting hired. I asked for what I thought I deserved, and I usually received what I asked for.

Later on, when I was shaping new initiatives at Running Press, I helped my supervisors create a new position that was molded to my goals and vision for the company. I wouldn’t have gotten as far as I have without the guidance of my advisors at Rosemont, encouraging me to always fight for what I deserve.

In the Graduate Publishing Program, my professors guided me to gain the knowledge and experience to confidently start my career in the publishing industry. With each class, I felt new challenges and more opportunities to learn about the industry.

I started my job at Running Press knowing more than most of my colleagues about the departments outside of our own. I used my knowledge of Publishing law to weed through contracts and find permissions when using author and illustrator content in marketing campaigns.

I used my knowledge of indie bookstore operations to set up an authorless event kit when we were challenged for funds to send our actual authors on tour. My background on trends in the Children’s lit space came in handy when sitting in on new titles meetings.

And my thesis work on the social media landscape in book publishing helped to shape my role as Associate Digital Marketing Manager, a position created just for me and my goals.

Program Goals

Goal 1: Literacy of Industry Terminology: Curricula will enable effective communication with vocabulary specific to the entire publishing industry.

Objective 1: Students will demonstrate an ability to accurately use industry terms in written form

Objective 2: Students will demonstrate an ability to accurately use industry terms in verbal presentations

Objective 3: Students will demonstrate an ability to accurately use terms in written and verbal communications within the concentrations of Children’s and YA, Editing, or Design

Goal 2: Current Industry Status: The degree will enable students to research, analyze, and discuss realities of the publishing industry.

Objective 1: Students will be able to conduct effective research into current industry realities

Objective 2: Students will be able to synthesize the research they have conducted into various projects and communications relevant to publishing

Objective 3: Students will be able to conduct and discuss effective research within the concentrations of Children’s and YA, Editing, or Design

Goal 3: Effective Communication: Graduates will analyze and create effective communication across various publics and audiences.

Objective 1: Students will learn to adapt their messages to various audiences and situations in order to communicate more effectively

Objective 2: Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively between editorial, marketing, publicity, design, and sales departments

Goal 4: Translating Knowledge to the Marketplace: Curricula will prepare graduates for work in publishing marketplaces.

Objective 1: Students will synthesize information learned in the classroom setting into workable information and skills for application in publishing marketplaces

Objective 2: Students will learn how to adapt and grow their skillsets and information in order to remain marketable in the publishing industry