Publishing & Writing Program Requirements
The MA in Publishing and Writing requires 40 credit hours, including:
- 24 credits of Publishing courses (includes the three required overviews and the option to do a 4-credit Master’s Project)
- 16 credits of department elective courses from Literature, Publishing, and Writing.
|PB 680||Magazine Publishing Overview|
|PB 683||Book Publishing Overview|
|PB 692||Electronic Publishing Overview|
MA Project or Course Option
Students in the MA in Publishing and Writing program may choose to produce, as a culmination of their graduate work, a project showing a professional level of accomplishment in publishing. The MA project can be a traditional thesis-type project that explores an editorial or publishing issue in depth by doing appropriate research and analysis. Alternately, it can be a project such as a magazine prototype, a book design project, a website, a book translation, or any other publishing project in which the student exhibits expertise in at least two areas within the publishing industry.
To register for a project, students must write a two-page prospectus in the semester before registering. The prospectus must be approved by the project committee chair. Students may complete a 4-credit Publishing (PB) course in place of the project.
Publishing & Writing (MA) At a glance
Fall admission only
Full-time or part-time enrollment. Full-time enrollment is typically 8 or 12 credits per semester.
Full-time students complete the degree in two years; part-time students complete the degree in two and a half to three years.
Publishing & Writing News
Marcus Off Duty designed by Professor Lisa Diercks was nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award. Diercks also won a New England Book Show award for the cover and interior design.
MA Mary Nolan and MA Mireidys Garcia are recipients of the 2015 Bookbuilders of Boston scholarship.
Alumna Liliana Ballesteros's (2014) book design for The Book of Love received an award from the 2015 New England Book Show. Two other MA in Publishing and Writing students won for their e-book designs: Matt Jackson (MA '15) and Mary Nolan (MA '15).
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Alex Khatchadourian (MA '14) and Abby Ringiewicz (MA '15) won a New England Book Show award for the design of their third issue of Amadeus, a magazine they co-founded. Ringiewicz also has two pieces featured on newyorker.com.
Assistant Professor Bill Beuttler’s interview with jazz musician Rudresh Mahanthappa was featured in the February issue of DownBeat magazine. Mahanthappa explains the genesis of Bird Calls, his recent album celebrating the genius of Charlie Parker.
Christopher Hughes (MA, '15) is featured in Boston Magazine’s April issue cover story on the Top 21 breweries in New England.
Alumus Alexis Hauk (MA ’09) is moving cross-country to become Assistant Editor of the humanities-oriented news website Zócalo Public Square in Los Angeles. She was previously homepage editor of TIME.
Assistant Professor Benoit Denizet-Lewis attended the 2015 AWP Conference and was on the panel "Writing about Animals".