MA in Editorial Studies

NOTE: The MA in Editorial Studies is not currently admitting new students. Requirements for students currently enrolled in the MA program are listed below.

This program prepares students for work in scholarly editing for positions in publishing, serious journalism, and librarianship.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate mastery of knowledge of the principles and practice of scholarly editing.
  • Produce a dissertation, completed in a timely manner, that shows mastery of the primary and secondary sources, literature, and research methods and techniques appropriate to the particular field in which editorial work has been conducted.
  • Conduct research in an ethical manner.

Course Requirements

Eight courses (32 credits) related to editing are required for the degree. Required courses are as follows:

  • CAS EI 501 The Theory and Practice of Literary Editing
  • CAS EI 503 Textual Scholarship
  • CAS EI 507 Publishing Procedures
  • CAS EI 508 Editing Across the Disciplines
  • CAS EI 509 History of the Book
  • At least one related course in another department at the University
  • At least one directed study
  • A related course or a directed study

All nonrequired courses must be relevant to the subject of the thesis, and be approved by the student’s faculty advisor.

Language Requirement

There is no general foreign language requirement for the MA in Editorial Studies; however, it may be necessary in some areas of specialization for students to demonstrate proficiency in a second language. Those students whose research requires the understanding of a foreign language, and who have not previously completed at least two years of study in one foreign language at the undergraduate level or equivalent, may make up the deficiency through coursework or examination.


A thesis that is an edition or that has a marked editorial dimension is required along with an oral defense to a panel of four examiners.