What will I learn?

The master's degree in Literary Editing and Publishing is intended for students with strong backgrounds in English literature, creative writing and narrative studies to explore the roles of the professional editor and publisher, with an emphasis in literary nonfiction.

Exceptional USC undergraduate students accepted to this degree program may combine their baccalaureate and masters studies during their senior (fourth) year, in accordance with USC policy on Progressive Degree Programs. Applicants without appropriate preparatory course work in literature and creative writing may be required to complete more course work. The master's degree in Literary Editing and Publishing requires a year of supervised external professional internship in lieu of a thesis.


Students interested in applying to the Progressive Degree Program in Literary Editing and Publishing will propose a plan of study in consultation with an academic adviser. Advisers will work with students throughout the final years of undergraduate study and the master's program to help students select courses based on remaining undergraduate degree requirements, recommended preparation for the master's degree, and the core requirements for the master's degree in Literary Editing and Publishing. Students in the English department are required to meet with an adviser before registering for courses each semester.

Which department am I in?

USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (28 units of graduate-level course work)

Tuition fees
US$57,256.00 per year
Start date

13 January 2020, 24 August 2020


University of Southern California

University Park Campus,

649 W 34th Street, Royal Street Structure, Suite 101,



90089, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must hold a degree considered equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree. An overall “B” average (3.0/4.0 GPA) is the minimum standard for admission consideration. Other English Language Requirements: A minimum PTE score of 68.

For international students

Applicants must have earned the equivalent of a 4-year U.S. bachelor’s degree with a competitive GPA.

Applicants to master's programs who have attained an Internet Based TOEFL (iBT) score of 90, with no less than 20 on each sub-score; or an IELTS score of 6.5, with no less than 6 on each band score.

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