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 Seminar, 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 who are working full-time or completing their degree online and unable to complete an internship. These courses are taught online and offered every Fall and Spring. Students research and develop their thesis topics in 690A and write a thesis statement, outline, and at least ten pages by the end of the semester. In 699B, also taught online each Fall and Spring semester, students complete their Master’s thesis.

The Internship courses PUB 699 A and B are for students who want the experience of working in the industry. This two-course sequence is taught in the classroom. The semester before students register for 699A, they must contact the Internship professor to review their resume and cover letter and discuss the process of securing an internship. 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. Having secured an internship,  in 699A students write about their internship, develop their thesis topics, and begin their preliminary research.  Upon satisfactorily completing 699A, students must register for 699B, where they finish writing their Master’s thesis.