Home » Programs » Graduate Programs » Master in Book Publishing

Master in Book Publishing

The graduate program in Book Publishing at Portland State University provides its students with a comprehensive view of the publishing industry through general, specialized, and experiential learning that immerses students in the work that it takes to publish a book from acquisition to launch.

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration: 1 year
Starting in: January, April, September
Tuition Fee: $708 per credit
Location: Portland Campus (Portland, United States)

The graduate program in Book Publishing at Portland State University is at the forefront of publishing education nationally. In fact, Publishers Weekly described the program as a place where “publishing education gets innovative.”

Ooligan Press, the heart of the book publishing program, honors the cultural and natural diversity of the Pacific Northwest. The press produces several books a year, each providing a uniquely compelling portrait of the place where our work is rooted.

As far as locations go, there’s no better place to begin your immersion in publishing than in the city of Portland, whose thriving literary community is home to indie book publishers like Tin House, Dark Horse Comics, beloved independent bookstore, Powell’s, and the city’s growing Portland Book Festival. And as a part of your coursework, you can jump right into the scene by taking advantage of the program’s exciting internships in publishing.


The Book Publishing program at Portland State University boasts strong connections to the publishing industry both in and outside of Portland, and alumni of the graduate program in Book Publishing find employment across the country and around the world.

Many graduates go on to find employment in the publishing industry, freelance work, or found their own publishing houses. Your publishing skills can also take you in an array of directions. Our graduates often find that the program’s immersion in the publishing process translates extremely well to industries where their positions require project management, editing, marketing, design, and sales, which all students are familiarized within the program.


Courses Included

  • Book Publishing
  • Book Editing
  • Book Design Software
  • Book Marketing
  • Business of Book Publishing
  • Digital Skills
  • Copyediting
  • Developmental Editing