Degrees in Editing

Degrees specifically in editing aren't usually offered, but earning a graduate certificate in editing can help you launch a career in the writing and publishing industry. Keep reading to see what kind of editing certificate you could earn, the courses you're likely to take and your career options after graduation. Schools offering Children`s Book Illustration degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Kinds Of Editing Degrees are Available?

No formal degree programs exist specifically in editing, though many schools do offer graduate certificate programs limited to the discipline. Fully online programs are difficult to find; however, some schools offer evening courses for flexible scheduling or hybrid certificate programs that allow you to take some of your coursework online. These programs can usually be completed in less than a year and often have no special admission requirements other than a degree in a related field, such as English or journalism.

Degree LevelsGraduate certificate
Course TopicsCopy editing, literary critique, manuscripts, proofreading and online media
Further EducationMaster's degree in English, publishing, literature and communications
Employment AreasLiterary agencies, media outlets, ad agencies and publishing houses

What Courses Will I Take?

Certificate programs offer an intensive look at English, grammar and professional editing techniques. You can expect to cover all facets of editing and publishing, including book acquisitions, electronic publishing, magazine editing and working with writers and authors. Topics of study may include:

  • Technical editing
  • Literary criticism
  • Indexing
  • Proofreading
  • Fact-checking
  • Copy editing
  • Online media
  • Developmental editing
  • Manuscripts
  • Writing for the web

Several schools have student-run literary magazines or newspapers that you can get involved with to gain practical experience as you study. Due to the short duration of certificate programs, internship opportunities are rare, though a few schools allow you to apply credit toward the certificate for work experience.

Is There Further Study Available?

You can go on to earn a Master of Fine Arts or Master of Arts degree in several related fields, such as literature, English, communications or publishing. Often, you'll have the option to concentrate your studies in creative writing, historical editing or journalism. Several school offer these degree programs in online, hybrid or traditional formats. Some basic editing coursework might be repetitive of a graduate certificate program, though you'll also be exposed to more topics in research and writing. Most master's programs include internship training.

What Can I Do With My Education?

Once you've completed a certificate or degree program, you can usually find editing jobs in ad agencies, media outlets, literary agencies, publishing houses and other related industries. Popular entry-level job titles include editorial assistant, proofreader and fact-checker. With an advanced master's degree, you might also qualify for senior or management-level positions.

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