PhD in Editorial Studies

The PhD in Editorial Studies program prepares students for positions in publishing, academia, serious journalism, and librarianship.

Course Requirements

All non-required courses must be relevant to the subject of the dissertation. Students are jointly supervised in coursework and the writing of the dissertation, ordinarily by a director at the institute and one or two adjunct professors drawn from, or approved by, the Advisory Committee.

Post-Bachelor’s Requirements

Sixteen courses (64 credits) are required for this degree. Course requirements are as follows:

  • CAS EI 503: Textual Scholarship
  • CAS EI 507: Publishing Procedures
  • CAS EI 508: Editing Across the Disciplines
  • CAS EI 509: History of the Book
  • GRS EI 701: The Theory and Practice of Literary Editing
  • GRS EI 703: Annotation
  • GRS EI 704: Editions
  • GRS EI 802: Advanced Topics in Editing: Word and Image
  • Two related course in another department at the University
  • Two directed studies
  • A related course or a directed study

Post-Master’s Requirements

Eight courses (32 credits) are required for students entering with a master’s degree. Course requirements include a subset of the post-bachelor’s program and are available on the Editorial Institute’s website.

Language Requirement

There is no general foreign language requirement for the PhD in Editorial Studies; however, it may be necessary in some areas of specialization for students to demonstrate proficiency in a second language. The co-directors of the Editorial Institute will assess each graduate student’s specific language requirement according to the needs of his or her research.

Qualifying Examinations

A candidate for the PhD will be required, normally upon completion of coursework, to present for examination by the directors of the institute a statement of editorial policy and procedures and a sample of editorial work that demonstrates the candidate’s knowledge of the appropriate contexts, for example through annotation.

Dissertation and Final Oral Examination

Candidates shall demonstrate their abilities for independent study in dissertations representing original research or creative scholarship. A prospectus for the dissertation must be completed and approved by the readers, the director of graduate studies, and the department chair/program director. Candidates must undergo a final oral examination in which they defend their dissertation as a valuable contribution to knowledge in their field and demonstrate a mastery of their field of specialization in relation to their dissertation. All portions of the dissertation and final oral examination must be completed as outlined in the GRS General Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree.