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Scholarly Publishing (Graduate Certificate)

Scholarly Publishing (Graduate Certificate)

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ASU is not currently accepting applications for this program.

Receive an in-depth understanding of the rapidly evolving scholarly publishing environment from ASU faculty from a variety of disciplines. Gain a solid understanding of both past methods and present day approaches, such as open access publishing, based on the availability of today's technology.

Program Description
Degree Awarded: Certificate  Scholarly Publishing (certificate)

The scholarly publishing certificate program offers training in publishing studies to graduate students from any discipline.

The program focuses on publishing wherever it occurs: museums, corporations, cultural institutions, university presses, commercial houses, digital startups, libraries, journal and textbook publishers, and learned societies. Students create the future world of publishing as it is expressed in the digital world of e-books, apps, blogs, websites, interactive media, online scholarship and popular writing.

At a Glance
Degree Requirements

20 credit hours

Coursework includes four required core courses and electives from a variety of disciplines. The certificate requirement includes a summer internship. Some courses may be applied to both the certificate and the student's degree program.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree, in any field, from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  1. graduate admission application and application fee
  2. a resume or curriculum vitae
  3. a letter of intent
  4. three reference letters
  5. official transcripts
  6. writing sample
  7. proof of English proficiency

Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency regardless of current residency.

International students who need an F1 or J1 visa first need to apply to and be accepted into a graduate degree program prior to being considered for the certificate program. International students residing in the USA on other types of visas must adhere to all Graduate College policies and procedures regarding admission be considered for admission to this certificate program.

Graduate students in any discipline may pursue a certificate in scholarly publishing in conjunction with their degree programs. The program is also open to students who already hold graduate degrees.

The resume or curriculum vitae is required, and it must be uploaded into the online application.

The letter of intent, about 500 words in length, should be addressed to the history review committee explaining the applicant's scholarly background and training, career goals and why the applicant wants to pursue graduate study at ASU.

Students should contact their references and inform them that they will be contacted by Graduate Admission Services and asked to submit an electronic recommendation. Students are required to submit a minimum of three email addresses from faculty or others qualified to speak to the student's suitability for graduate study in scholarly publishing.

For the writing sample, applicants are to submit a sample of their written work electronically. The writing sample may be an article, either published or unpublished, a research paper or any other extended example of expository skill no longer than 35 double-spaced pages in length. Longer writing samples should not be submitted without first consulting the graduate director. Documents should not be password protected. Acceptable file types are .rtf, .pdf and .doc.

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Career Opportunities

The graduate certificate program in scholarly publishing provides students the fundamental training needed for careers in research, public, private and nonprofit sectors. Graduates serve as journal publishers, conference writers, editors, researchers and consultants in publishing houses, museums, corporations, cultural institutions, government agencies and libraries.

Career examples include:

  • article or content writer
  • copy editor
  • journal author
  • museum writer
  • online academic media writer
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What are Accelerated Programs?
Accelerated Programs allow students the opportunity to expedite the completion of their degree.

3 year programs

These programs allow students to fast-track their studies after admission and earn a bachelor’s degree in three years or fewer while participating in the same high-quality educational experience of a 4-year option. Students should talk to their academic advisor to get started.

4+1 year programs

These programs allow students to accelerate their studies by combining undergraduate with graduate coursework, which may allow them to earn a bachelor’s and a master's degree in as few as five years (for some programs).

Each program has requirements students must meet to be eligible for consideration. Acceptance to the graduate program requires a separate application. During their junior year, eligible students are advised by their academic departments to apply.
What are Concurrent Programs?
Students pursuing concurrent degrees earn two distinct degrees and receive two diplomas. ASU offers students two ways to earn concurrent degrees: by choosing a predetermined combination or creating their own combination. Predetermined combinations have a single admissions application and one easy to follow major map. To add a concurrent degree to your existing degree, work with your academic advisor. Either way, concurrent degrees allow students to pursue their own personal or professional interests.
What are Joint Programs?
Joint programs, or jointly conferred degrees, are offered by more than one college and provide opportunities for students to take advantage of the academic strengths of two academic units. Upon graduation, students are awarded one degree and one diploma conferred by two colleges.

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What is WRGP (Western Regional Graduate Program)?
The Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) provides a reduced tuition rate to non-resident graduate students who qualify. Visit the WRGP/WICHE webpage for more information:

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