Interested in pursuing a career in the publishing industry? Nearly all new employees who enter the book publishing industry have completed a publishing program.

Centennial College – Book, Magazine and Electronic Publishing Certificate
The Book, Magazine and Electronic Publishing Program at Centennial College is one of the oldest and most prestigious programs of its kind in Canada. Established in 1974, the program has won awards and accolades for academic excellence and for the career success of its graduates. This unique post-graduate program specializes in practical, hands-on studies and prepares you for a wide variety of jobs in the exciting world of book, magazine and electronic publishing.

Humber College – Creative Book Publishing Graduate Certificate
Combining creativity and entrepreneurship, this graduate certificate program is an opportunity for students interested in book publishing and book-related enterprise. This intense concentration on books provides students with foundational knowledge in business models, acquisitions, contracts, copyright, technology, operations and content management. Students also choose three of four specializations: editorial, marketing, literary agenting/rights management, or advanced technology.

Ryerson University – Publishing Certificate
This program teaches the skills necessary to publish books successfully. The program will be of interest to:

  • Those who want to enter the publishing industry.
  • Those who are employed in the publishing industry or in areas where publishing skills are required.
  • Those who are working as freelancers in publishing-related fields.
  • Those who wish to upgrade their credentials with a view to career change.

Simon Fraser University – Summer Publishing Workshops
The SFU Summer Publishing Workshops offer participants the chance to learn from and work with some of North America’s top publishing professionals. Each July and August, participants and faculty gather at SFU Harbour Centre in downtown Vancouver for immersion and seminar workshops in books, magazines, editing, design, and new media.


Sheridan College – Honours BA of Creative Writing and Publishing
Sheridan’s Honours BA program offers experience in a variety of writing genres and media platforms and provides students a broad skill set for a career in today’s publishing industry and the opportunity to choose a variety of career paths.

York University – Professional Writing Honours BA (Book Publishing)
York’s Professional Writing program connects the traditional strengths of a Liberal Arts degree with practical, professional experience. The experiential Book Publishing Capstone course builds on the theoretical and critical knowledge and practical skills developed throughout the first three years of the Professional Writing Program.

Simon Fraser University – Master of Publishing Program
Founded in 1987, Simon Fraser University’s Canadian Centre for Studies in Publishing (CCSP) is a university/industry initiative dedicated to the development of publishing in Canada and internationally. Our special focus is on books, magazines and electronic media.

Updated December 10, 2020