Professional Editing and Publishing Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Professional Editing and Publishing (PEP) is offered through the Master of Arts in Professional Writing Program in the English Department, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, at Kennesaw State University. A unique four-course, non-degree program, this certificate prepares you for entry into the competitive industry of professional editing and publishing through a combination of academic study and hands-on experience. Through this certificate, you will be prepared for positions such as copy editors, developmental editors, editorial assistants, managing editors, and freelance editors, as well as related careers in marketing, sales, and design within the publication industry.

Additionally, you will be prepared to organize or join effective editing workflows in multiple media production environments, including print and digital publication venues. You'll also gain an excellent grasp of industry-level linguistic craft and intellectual property standards for American English contexts, as well as an appreciation for how these standards differ in other global contexts. Upon completion of this certificate, you will be prepared to edit works across a range of genres, content domains, and media, as well as adjust your editorial approaches accordingly. The certificate will also benefit those interested in navigating publishing industries as authors and editing their own work more effectively.


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Program Snapshot

Required Courses: (12 credit hours) 

  • PRWR 6440: Professional and Academic Editing
  • PRWR 6810: Publishing in the 21st Century
  • PRWR 6150: Rhetorical Theory
  • PRWR 6260: Managing Writing in Organizations
  • PRWR 6280: Business and Technical Editing
  • PRWR 6455: The Genres of Creative Writing
  • PRWR 6550: Document Design and Desktop Publishing
  • PRWR 6760: World English
  • PRWR 6860: Intercultural Communication in Context
  • PRWR 7600: MAPW Practical Internship
  • PRWR 6570: Writing for Social Media

Total Number of Credit Hours: 12


Department of English

Kennesaw State University
Department of English
English Building, Room 155
440 Bartow Ave., MD 2701
Kennesaw, GA 30144

Phone: (470) 578-4377

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