MA Program and Grad Class "Earning More than an A"

Nicole Martignetti
March 14, 2012

Emerson’s Master of Arts in Publishing and Writing was one of six master’s in publishing programs recently featured in a Publisher’s Weekly article titled “Earning More than an ‘A’: Master’s Programs Fill the Need for a More Complex Industry” (PW, Nov. 18). As the publishing world changes, graduate programs like Emerson’s MA are becoming more important for those wanting to work in the publishing industry. Publisher’s Weekly explains, “increasingly, the front door of publishing is through a master’s in publishing program” (PW, Nov.18).

Publisher’s Weekly highlights Emerson’s creative curriculum. In contrast to other publishing programs, Emerson allows graduate students to take a mix of publishing, writing and literature courses. Additionally, Emerson MA students can take courses with and work alongside creative writing students enrolled in the MFA program—a unique and valuable experience that is not available to graduate students in other publishing programs.

Graduate Program Director John Rodzvilla explains that Emerson’s program “helps students look beyond the business of publishing and understand how publishers and writers work together to create publications.” As a result, Emerson students leave the program and enter the publishing field as better-rounded professionals.

With publishing changing constantly, it is necessary for graduate publishing programs to prepare students to adapt. And Emerson’s MA program is succeeding in doing that as well. So much so that Publisher’s Weekly featured an Emerson course in a recent article explaining how the next generation of publishers is preparing for the digitalization of publishing.

 “Appazoogle & the Next Generation” (PW, Dec. 19) explains how courses like Emerson’s “Amazon, Apple and Google” are critical to creating forward-thinking graduate students. In the Fall 2011 topic course, students were asked to reevaluate the way they look at publishing and to consider the benefits of digital publication. Students from the course continue to post their thoughts about the digital revolution in Appazoogle, the blog they created as a class project.

As recent book publishing graduate Leah Thompson (MA ‘11’) explains, “The name may change. It may not be ‘publisher’. But there will be publishing.” The publishing industry may continue to evolve, but Emerson students are proving they are ready for the waves of the future.


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