I have written a few brief profiles of the major graduate publishing programs students might be interested in applying to after they receive their bachelor's degrees. Opportunities range from an intensive two-week certificate course to a master's degree that takes about 40 credit hours. Unfortunately, the opportunities for graduate work are somewhat limited. Students may consider English, library and information science, creative writing or journalism graduate programs at a number of schools if they want something more comprehensive. Master's degrees in specialized areas such as anthropology or biology can be beneficial for people who want to do textbook or academic publishing. The best way of getting a position at a publishing house remains internship experience; however, with the increasing amount of applicants for a limited number of positions, graduate work can put someone ahead. Most large publishing companies are located in the big cities, so I have included programs in New York and Boston.

New York University offers a Master of Science in Publishing that develops students' editorial skills while placing a stronger emphasis on business and marketing practices than traditional journalism programs. Located in New York City, the capital of book publishing, the program also offers students the opportunities to network with industry leaders through internships, lectures and field trips. The program can be completed in two years of full-time study for a total of 42 credits. Students take core courses, such as introduction to interactive media and mastering management and leadership; media specialization courses, such as book acquisition and editing or how to make a magazine profitable; advanced seminars, such as advanced law or an internship; and they complete a capstone thesis project. Distinguished faculty members include Andrea L. Chambers, a former senior executive at Time, People and Seventeen magazines; Janet Cooke, a former vice president of Knopf Doubleday; and Sue Roberson, the financial director for Sports Illustrated magazine.

Columbia University offers a six-week graduate program, the shortest in the country. The first three weeks are dedicated to book publishing, in which students learn about manuscript evaluation, agenting, editing, design, production, publicity and sales and marketing. The third week, students participate in a hands-on workshop that tests their ability to simulate the work of a publishing house. Weeks four through six, students are lectured on magazine and online publishing and then split up into groups for the second workshop, in which they develop proposals for new magazines or Web sites. Throughout the period, students are given opportunities to meet with industry professionals for resume activities and job interviews. Faculty members include John Fagan, the VP director of marketing for the Penguin Group; Robert Gottlieb, editor-at-large at Alfred A. Knopf; and Sloane Crosley, a publicist for Vintage.

Emerson College offers a Master of Arts in Publishing and Writing program that requires 40 credit hours: 20 credits of publishing courses, 8 credits of literature courses and 12 credits of electives. Students explore developmental editing, line editing, and copyediting; acquisitions; publicity and marketing; book and magazine design and production; print and online publishing software; and professional ethics. A unique aspect of the program is that students are given the chance to refine their creativity with literature and writing courses. The program offers students plenty of opportunities to intern with literary agencies, magazines and publishing houses in Boston.