What will I learn?

The Master of Arts in publishing offers students an innovative approach to graduate education. The degree incorporates coursework from English, mass communication, business, art and multidisciplinary programs. The program prepares students to enter a professional career market where publishing skills are paramount. Such skills range from understanding media law and ethics, manuscript acquisition, book or journal design, graphic design, distribution, and marketing, among others. Students gain practical, hands-on experiences through coursework, internships and an interdisciplinary capstone project.

Program Requirements

Required courses

Students must take both of the following courses, which are pre-requisites for IDS 571 - Publishing Capstone.

ENG 578 - Internship in Publishing Credit(s): 1-3
MCM 515 - Media Law and Ethics Credit(s): 3


Students will choose two courses from those listed above. No more than 12 hours can be taken in any one area or discipline. No more than three additional hours may be taken from the College of Business.

Professional Internship

Students are required to take IDS 570, which is an internship placement designed to provide on-site experience with publishers and businesses where publication is key to their operations. Students will spend a minimum of 150 hours in the placement. Experiences in this course should be distinctly different from those of ENG 578.

Capstone Course

Students are required to take IDS 571 with IDS 570. Under the supervision of a project committee, students will complete a publication project, from prospectus to finished publication, inclusive of a marketing and promotion plan. This may be a book, a website, or journal, among other possibilities as determined by the student and the project committee.

Which department am I in?

College of Liberal and Applied Arts

Study options

Full Time (24 hours)

Tuition fees
US$14,562.00 per year
Start date

Expected January, August 2022


College of Liberal and Applied Arts

1936 North Street,



75962, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To apply for a master’s degree program at SFA, you must meet one of the following requirements: Be in your final year of undergraduate work; Hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Generally, all applicants must have an overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and a 2.8 on the last 60 hours of undergraduate work.

For international students

In order to be admitted to the M.A. in publishing program, students must fall into one of the two categories below:

Category One: A student may be granted clear admittance to the program if she/he has an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher. Preferably, applicants will have an undergraduate degree in a related field and should have clear career and/or educational goals that can be achieved through the program (outlined in the applicant’s statement of purpose).

Category Two: If a student does not meet the criterion in category one, she/he may still be admitted if she/he has an overall undergraduate GPA of 2.6 and a 2.8 for the last 60 hours of coursework. Students with these GPAs will be required to take the GRE exam and achieve a score of 155 or higher on both the verbal and quantitative sections and achieve a minimum level of 3.0 on the analytical writing section of the exam.

You must score at least a 79 on the TOEFL, 6.5 on the IELTS, or 53 on the PTE.

Application due dates for the M.A. in publishing are Aug. 1 for the fall semester and Dec. 1 for the spring semester.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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