Texas Tech University

How To Apply

Applying for the Certificate in Editing and Publishing has four steps:

1. Apply to the Texas Tech University graduate school.

Students must meet the graduate school's admissions requirements. Therefore you will need to submit all application forms and other required materials to the graduate school

2. Once you have been admitted to the graduate school, then apply to the certificate in editing and publishing.

Write a 300-500 word essay indicating the following:

  • your interest in publishing and or editing
  • any previous experience with publishing or editing
  • the areas of publishing or editing which interest you
  • how you anticipate that a certificate in publishing and editing will further your career
  • If applicable. If you are currently enrolled in a graduate degree program, how completing the courses in the graduate certificate in publishing and editing complements your degree plan.

The following table asks you to indicate your level of expertise with computer programs and activities typically associated with editing or publishing. We will use this form to gauge your current level of experience and to determine how the certificate might benefit you, so don't be worried about marking "no experience" or "novice" for a number of items. Please print this page and submit it to the co-directors with your essay.

No Experience Novice Proficient Expert
Computer Skills
Microsoft word

(or other word processing program)

Other (please specify)
Style Sheets
Other (please specify)
Editing and/ or Publishing Experience
Transcribing text from originals
Copyediting: Mechanical
Copyediting: Substantive
Copyediting: Bibliographic
Writing Queries
Integrating authorial changes and responses to queries
Corresponding with typesetting
Marking up or coding text for typesetting
Reading proofs: reading against copy
Reading proofs: reading for appearance
Selecting manuscripts for publication
Corresponding with printers
Art preparation
Communicating with authors

3. Send the co-directors one letter of recommendation from a person qualified to comment on your skills and career plans. That letter should be sent directly from your recommender to the co-directors of the certificate program

4. Send essay, printed form (above), and letter of recommendation to the co-directors of the certificate program at the following address:

Ann Hawkins or Brian McFadden

Certificate in Publishing and Editing
Department of English
P. O. 43091
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, TX 79409