Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
- 1 How long is the MPub program?
- 2 How many students are admitted each year?
- 3 Which areas of study do MPub students come from?
- 4 Will I be the oldest (or youngest) student in the cohort of 20?
- 5 How much does the program cost?
- 6 What should I include in my portfolio?
- 7 Where can I get the books recommended for the prerequisites?
- 8 Can I take the MPub program in the evening or through distance education?
- 9 What career opportunities will be available to me?
- 10 Are awards and financial aid available?
The program is 16 months long—four semesters of four months each, including the internship semester. Residency in Vancouver is required for the first eight months (semesters one and two). The internship (semester 3) and the project report completion (semester 4) do not require residency in Vancouver.
A maximum of 20 students are admitted each year.
Master of Publishing students come to the program from all continents. They have studied art and humanities, social sciences, math, science, economics, business administration, and computer science. They have worked in publishing, printing, government, media and communications, and in the service, retail, and nonprofit sectors. They have been employed by large corporations, small proprietorships, universities, government offices, art galleries, NGOs, community groups, and social service agencies.
MPub students range in age from their early twenties to their late fifties.
Graduate student tuition fees are set on a yearly basis. Students are assessed a fee per unit and ancillary fees. There are 37 units divided over the first two semesters and 5 units in each of the last two semesters. Detailed fee information may be found at: http://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/future/tuition-and-fees.html
Foreign and domestic students pay the same fees.
The portfolio should be a clear demonstration of the skills and abilities you will bring to the Master of Publishing program. Many applicants submit a cover sheet listing the contents of the portfolio and noting how the student created or contributed to the creation of the contents. Portfolios can include, but are not limited to, examples of design work, desktop publishing samples, newsletter and/or brochure samples, articles or books (for those who have experience in editing), samples of photography and examples of academic writing. Portfolios are to be uploaded to the graduate online application unless previous arrangements have been made with the Program Advisor (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Some books are available through the SFU Bookstore. Please email email@example.com for information about ordering.
The Master of Publishing program is only offered as a daytime, face-to-face program.
More than forty guest publishing professionals make presentations and consult with MPub students as part of the coursework. Industry professionals provide students with valuable contacts as well as top-notch training. Thanks to these networking opportunities, as well as the internship semester, most graduates of the Master of Publishing program (more than 200 men and women) are working throughout the book and magazine publishing industries, or in associated organizations, as well as in government departments and agencies in Canada and abroad.