Frequently Asked Questions

How much are the tuition and fees?

Tuition prices are the same for online and in-house classes. Please see Tuiton & Fees.

Are any scholarships available?

Yes, please see

Can I take both online and in-class courses?


Do I need to take the GRE for the Certificate program?

No, but all other requirements of the Degree Program apply to the Certificate Program. Please see Graduate Application Procedures for the requirements.

Can I switch from the Certificate to the Degree program?

Yes. The credits received from the Certificate can be applied to the Degree program; however, students that are already enrolled in the Degree program cannot revert to the Certificate program.

What is the difference between the online and in-class programs?

While each Professor brings his or her unique teaching style to the classroom, the Blackboard environment gives all of the courses a similar organization and structure. For example, the “tabs” in the course shell include: Announcements, Course Documents, Lecture Notes, Discussion Board, Course Information and Assignments. Typically a Professor will assign the readings for the following week on a Friday (via the announcements) and the Discussion Board and Lecture Notes would be posted early the following week. Your participation in the Discussion Board is very important and key to making the course a success for all students. Depending on the instructor you might work in an online group, have a partner for assignments or work independently the entire semester. In any case, you are not required to be “in class” at a particular time. You can work on the course independently, at your convenience.

What is the application procedure and when are the deadlines?

Application procedures for online and in-house classes are the same. Please see Graduate Application Procedures.

How long is the program?

The MS in Publishing is a 36 credit program and can be completed in 1.5 - 2 years.

What is the difference between the PUB 690A/B, the Graduate Seminars, and PUB 699A/B, the Internship courses?

All MS in Publishing Students are required to write a thesis paper as part of their graduate coursework. PUB 690 A and B is the two course sequence for students currently working in the industry and pursuing their degree. The first course in this sequence is taught online and in the Spring semester. During the course of the semester the students work very closely with Professor Manuela Soares to develop their thesis topics and to write a significant portion of the paper. PUB 699B, also taught online and in the summer, is where students complete their papers under the guidance of Professor Soares.

The Internship courses PUB 699 A and B are for students with no experience in the industry. The semester before they register for the course, they must contact Professor Jane Denning, the Executive Director of Internships and Corporate Outreach, to discuss the process of securing an internship. Professor Denning works closely with each student, guiding and advising them as they send out their resumes to potential employers. Students are encouraged to treat their search for an internship like a job search and learn the skills necessary to apply for positions upon graduation. During the courses, students meet with Professor Denning to develop their thesis topics and to begin their preliminary research. Upon completion of the course, students must register for PUB 699B where they work closely with Professor Denning to complete their papers.