College of Professional Studies

Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S.)
Location(s): Alexandria Graduate Education Center, Online Learning

Program Overview

Designed for current and aspiring professionals, including post-bachelor and post-graduate students with degrees in other disciplines, the Master of Professional Studies in Publishing program offers evening courses at GW's convenient Alexandria Graduate Education Center and Online, allowing students to complete the degree in two years while working.

The curriculum is regularly reviewed by faculty, which includes nationally and internationally recognized leaders in print and digital publication. This ensures that the Master of Professional Studies provides a solid background for entry into all areas of publishing. Professionals already in the field of publishing can use this program to enhance their careers with exposure to the latest technological advances.

To earn the Master of Professional Studies, students must complete 30 credit hours. Core coursework provides a broad foundation of the entire industry, regardless of method of delivery (book, journal, or online), with five tracks focusing on professional roles: editorial, business, design, marketing, and technology.

  • 30-credit-hour, 2-year cohort program
  • Classes offered on weekday evenings in Alexandria or online through distance learning
  • Core coursework provides a broad foundation of the entire industry, regardless of method of delivery: book, journal, or digital
  • Tracks focusing on professional roles: business & marketing, editorial, or technology & design
  • Delivered on a part-time basis to accommodate working professionals



Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:

Fall – April 1

Recommendations required:

Two (2) recommendations (preferably one from a current supervisor)

Prior academic records:

Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript.  Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be uploaded to your online application.  Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.

Transcripts from institutions outside the United States must be accompanied by an official transcript evaluation from an accredited independent evaluating agency. Please be sure you request a detailed evaluation that includes all course titles, credit hours, grade-point average (GPA), United States degree equivalency, and date of degree conferral. Please see the list of acceptable foreign credential evaluation services.

Statement of purpose:

In an essay of 250-500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study in this field and describe your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Also, discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, as well as any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application form.

Additional requirements:

A resumé.