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Academic Publishing

College of Professional Studies

Graduate Certificate
Location(s): Alexandria Graduate Education Center

Program Overview

The Certificate in Academic Publishing is specifically designed for professionals looking to expand their knowledge and expertise in academic publishing, including online research and library integration, peer review, open access publishing, and digital archiving.

Students will be introduced to a solid conceptual understanding of academic publishing coupled with well-grounded knowledge essential to success in any of the many professional positions in academic publishing. They will learn how to stay abreast of emerging issues and will gain first-hand experience in how to contribute effectively to group initiatives that can result in practical recommendations.

After completion of the one-year, 12-credit program, certificate graduates can elect to take an additional 18-credits to complete the Master of Professional Studies (MPS) degree in Publishing. MPS students can also take up to two courses in the certificate program to satisfy one of their track area requirements.

  • 12-credit hour, 1 year program
  • Classes offered on weekday evenings for three consecutive semesters (fall, spring, summer) in Alexandria
  • Courses focus on issues specific to academic publishing including marketing, technology, and management.

Admission Requirements

Admission Deadline:

Fall - June 15
Spring - October 15

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. View a list of acceptable foreign credential evaluation service.

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 resume

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
College of Professional Studies – Office of Admission
The George Washington University
805 21st Street, NW, Suite 301
Washington, DC 20052

Contact for questions:
CPS Office of Admissions ~ 703.299.6782 (phone) ~ 703.299.4144 (fax)
9 am – 5:30 pm EST, Monday through Friday