- Master of Publishing
- Admissions to the MPub Program
- Masters Courses
- PUB 600: Topics in Publishing Management
- PUB 601: Editorial Theory and Practice
- PUB 602: Design & Production Control in Publishing
- PUB 605 Fall Project: Books Publishing Project
- PUB 606 Spring Project: Magazine/Media Project
- PUB 607: Publishing Technology Project
- PUB 800: Text & Context: Publishing in Contemporary Culture
- PUB 801: History of Publishing
- PUB 802: Technology & Evolving Forms of Publishing
- PUB 900: Internship Project Report
- PUB 899: Publishing Internship
- Faculty and Staff
- Awards and Financial Support
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Undergraduate Minor
- Undergraduate Courses
- PUB 101: The Publication of Self in Everyday Life
- PUB 131: Publication Design Technologies
- PUB 201: The Publication of the Professional Self
- PUB 210W: Professional Writing Workshop
- PUB 212: Public Relations and Public Engagement
- PUB 231: Graphic Design Fundamentals
- PUB 331: Graphic Design in Transition: Print and Digital Books
- PUB 332: Graphic Design in Transition: Print and Digital Periodicals
- PUB 350: Marketing for Book Publishers
- PUB 355W: Online Marketing for Publishers
- PUB 371: Structure of the Book Publishing Industry in Canada
- PUB 372: The Publishing Process
- PUB 375: Magazine Publishing
- PUB 401: Technology and the Evolving Book
- PUB 431: Publication Design Project
- PUB 438: Design Awareness in Publishing Process and Products
- PUB 448: Publishing and Social Change: Tech, Texts, and Revolution
- PUB 450: The Business of Book Publishing
- PUB 456: Institutional and International Event Planning and Management
- PUB 458: Journalism as a Publishing Problem
- PUB 477: Publishing Practicum
- PUB 478: Publishing Workshop
- Undergraduate Courses
- General Information and Cancellation Policy
- Travel and Accommodation
- Financial Assistance
- Publishing Workshops
- Publishing Talks, Lectures, and Seminars
- Management and Production Workshops
- Author and Independent Publishing Workshops
- Design, Software, and Production Workshops
- Editing Workshops
- Contact SFU Publishing Workshops
- News & Events
- News & Announcements
- 2023 Emerging Leaders in Publishing Summit
- The Canadian Publishers' Council Webinar: Open Doors Publishing
- MPub Fall 2022 Book Project Presentations
- 2022 The Greg Younging Conversation
- Dr. Juan Pablo Alperin Delivers Opening Keynote at the UN Library
- Editorials & Commentary
- Jobs & Opportunities
Join our MPub cohort…
Application Deadline: February 1.
How to Apply
The application deadline is February 1 for the program beginning in September.
SFU application form and instructions are available online: https://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/future.html.
All applicants must submit an online application and remit a non-refundable application fee of $90 CDN (students with Canadian transcripts) or $125 CDN (students with international transcripts) by credit card (MasterCard or Visa).
As well as completing the online application form, applicants must upload to the online system the following items:
- A statement of aims and objectives, highlighting the reasons you want to enrol in the program (2–3 pages).
- Unofficial transcripts from all universities/colleges attended. Official transcripts can arrive after the application deadline.
- An explanatory note on your prerequisite knowledge. Explain the basis on which you meet the entry-level qualifications: accounting and marketing, copy editing and proofreading, publishing knowledge, computer skills.
- Three references. Applicants will be required to provide referee names and contact information as part of the online application process. It is recommended that at least one referee be an academic.
- Your résumé or CV.
- Portfolio. Upload to the online application examples of your work into a portfolio that is concise and demonstrates the skills and abilities that you can bring to the program.
Please see Making Your MPub Application Stand Out for tips from previous MPub students.
To be considered for admission to the Master of Publishing program, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree with a minimum second-class average (3.0 or greater GPA).
Applicants must also:
- demonstrate a background understanding of the publishing industry;
- be capable of using page layout software;
- be familiar with the basic principles of marketing and accounting;
- demonstrate basic competence in copy editing and proofreading;
- demonstrate excellent skills in spoken and written English.
Qualifications and Prerequisites
Applicants to the Master of Publishing program must have a basic background in these areas:
- accounting and marketing
- editing and proofreading
- publishing knowledge
- computer skills (Adobe Creative Suite/Cloud)
Candidates can acquire the necessary background for entry into the MPub program by completing the following courses at SFU, or their equivalents at other universities:
- BUS 251-3 Financial Accounting I
- BUS 254-3 Managerial Accounting I
- BUS 343-3 Introduction to Marketing
- PUB 372-4 The Publishing Process
Other suggested ways to complete program prerequisites:
Robert Anthony has written a workbook and study guide entitled Essentials of Accounting (ISBN 0-201-84866-x), 6th ed. or later (Addison-Wesley). Students without other accounting background will be required to submit a completed workbook prior to the commencement of classes.
Editing Canadian English (3rd edition), by the Editors Canada. You can order through Editors Canada, http://www.editors.ca/resources/eac_publications/ece.html.
Students without copy editing and proofreading experience are encouraged to enroll in short courses on these topics such as those offered at SFU through Continuing Education.
English as a Second Language
Applicants for whom English is a second language must submit results for a TOEFL (minimum score 570 or computer based 230) and a TWE (minimum score 5). Alternatively, an International English Language Testing System, IELTS, result (minimum band score 7) may be submitted in place of the TOEFL and TWE.
Applicants should be comfortable with publishing software (Adobe Creative Cloud).
Short courses are available at SFU through the SFU Publishing Workshops. Students living outside the Vancouver area should investigate course offerings through local community colleges and school boards.
Please note that the MPub computer lab and group project spaces use Apple computers.
All courses during Terms one (September – December) and two (January – April) are held at SFU Harbour Centre in downtown Vancouver. The Term three internship (May – August) and Term four project report writing, supervision and evaluation (September – December) may be completed either in Vancouver or elsewhere. Residency in the Vancouver area is not a requirement for Terms three and four.
Letters of notification will be sent to all applicants as soon as possible after the admissions procedure is completed. PLEASE NOTE: All acceptances are for the time period specified in the letter of acceptance.
Awards and Financial Support are available for accepted students.
To request more information on the Master of Publishing program, please contact:
Master of Publishing Program
Simon Fraser University Vancouver
515 West Hastings Street, Room 3576
Vancouver, British Columbia
Canada V6B 5K3
For general information on graduate regulations, fees, scholarships, awards, and bursaries, or to request a Simon Fraser University Calendar, please visit SFU Student Services.