Publishing Graduate Certificate


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The publishing industry has shown remarkable resilience in the face of rapid technological and economic change. Publishers, storytellers, and media companies have developed new platforms, audiences, formats, and technologies for how the written—and spoken—word is to be produced, distributed and consumed in the 21st century.

The Graduate Certificate in Publishing program is designed for aspiring professionals without significant publishing experience, and for those needing a comprehensive background in the fundamentals of publishing (see also the Graduate Certificate in Publishing Management and the Master of Professional Studies in Publishing program).  Students include career changers, post-bachelor and post-graduate students who have earned their degrees in other disciplines, and publishing professionals who seek to expand their skills and knowledge through high-level coursework. The curriculum covers editing and acquisitions, marketing and publicity, copyright and licensing, production, management and business, and technology and design.

More than 450 MPS in Publishing alumni work in organizations throughout the U.S. in diverse publishing sectors. Program instructors are nationally and internationally recognized leaders in the publishing industry, whose goal is to prepare you for managerial and leadership positions across all publishing industry segments and specialties.


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Program at a Glance



18-Credit Program

Designed as a part-time program, you can earn your certificate in 3-4 semesters.


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Foundational Learning

Core coursework provides a solid foundation for new and aspiring publishing professionals.


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Publishing Tracks

Electives allow you to learn more about Business and Marketing; Editorial; or Technology, Production, and Design.



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Where You'll Study 


Online or at the Graduate Education Center in Alexandria, VA

You have two options of where to study for the Graduate Certificate in Publishing. You can either choose to study fully online or at our GW Education Center in Alexandria, VA where classes are offered in the evenings.


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What You'll Study 

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The program integrates traditional print with electronic publishing topics, including editorial acquisitions, production and design, copyright law in print and cyberspace, marketing, distribution, management and business.

To earn your Graduate Certificate in Publishing, you must complete 18 credits, including 12 credits in required courses and 6 credits in elective courses.

Students who complete the certificate program will be eligible to receive their MPS in Publishing degree with the completion of 12 additional credits.



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About the Faculty & Advisory Board

Our professional faculty and advisory board members possess diverse backgrounds and expertise, and serve in senior leadership positions throughout the publishing world.

The Advisory Board for the GW Master of Professional Studies in Publishing program hold professional senior leadership positions in trade, academic, and scholarly publishing, providing support and advice to the program, its curriculum, and the development of new initiatives.

Advisory Board Members (2020-2022):

  • Dr. Philippa Jane Benson, Principal, PJB Global Consulting; Managing Editor, Managing Editor, CABI Agriculture & Bioscience;

  • Walter Biggins, Editor-in-Chief, University of Pennsylvania Press;

  • Becky Brassington Clark, Director of Publishing, Library of Congress;

  • Geneva Henry, Dean of Libraries and Academic Innovation, The George Washington University;

  • Barbara Kline Pope, Director, Johns Hopkins University Press;

  • Jed Lyons, President and CEO, Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, National Book Network;

  • Dennis Johnson, Publisher, Melville House;

  • Gita Manaktala, Editorial Director, The MIT Press;

  • Niko Pfund, President, Oxford University Press US;

  • Chris Reid, Director of Publishing and Product Development, AAAS;

  • Liesl Riddle, Dean, College of Professional Studies;

  • Elda Rotor, Vice President and Publisher, Penguin Classics, Penguin Random House Group USA;

  • Josephine Sciortino, Managing Editor, Canadian Science Publishing; GW Publishing Alumnus, 2019; Adjunct Professor in GW Publishing program;

  • Dean Smith, Director, Duke University Press; Adjunct Professor in GW Publishing program;

  • Randy Townsend, Director, Publishing Operations, American Geophysical Union; Editor-in-Chief, GW Journal of Ethics in Publishing.

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Admissions Information

To be eligible for the program you must have earned an undergraduate degree, with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher, from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning.

Please note that this program is not eligible for students to apply for an F-1 or J-1 international visa.

Graduate Application Process



Applicants that have complete applications are eligible to request an application fee waiver by 11:59 p.m. on the Priority Deadline.* To request an application fee waiver, contact your program representative before submitting your application. Fee waiver details. Applications received after the Final Deadline will continue to be processed, space permitting.  


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Fall Admissions

In-person and online program

  • Fall Priority Deadline: February 1*
  • Fall Final Deadline: April 1


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Spring Admissions

In-person and online program

  • Students are usually admitted for the fall semester. If you are interested in a spring start, please contact us for details. 


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Summer Admissions

In-person and online program

  • Students are usually admitted for the fall semester. If you are interested in a summer start, please contact us for details. 

Graduate tuition and fees at the George Washington University are comparable to the national average for private universities. These costs, set by the GW Board of Trustees, generally increase from year to year and may vary by program and location.

Please use this information as an estimate based on current tuition rates and fee structures. Total tuition and fees will vary according to the courses taken and the timeframe in which you complete your coursework.

Financial Aid Opportunities

Tuition & Fees

2022-2023 Rates in Effect for Summer 2022, Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 Terms  

Curriculum: 18 credits
(typically completed in 3-4 semesters)

18 credits @ $1,075/credit hour: $19,350

Registration fees:
3-4 registration sessions @$35 each
TOTAL: Tuition + fees


Other Costs to Consider: Application fee (one time): $80; Matriculation fee (one time): $200; Books: Approximately $50-$100/course. The costs of travel, meals and accommodations (if applicable) are not included in the tuition or fees.

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Request Information

Information Sessions

We periodically offer online and in-person information sessions about the Publishing Graduate Certificate and special events. Contact the program representative to learn more about upcoming events.