Center for Publishing and Applied Liberal Arts

Launching & Building Careers in Publishing, Professional Writing, Translation, & The Liberal Arts

Grounded in the growing and emerging sectors of global communications, the NYU SPS Center for Publishing and Applied Liberal Arts (PALA) is a leader and innovator in the interrelated fields of publishing, professional writing, translation, and the liberal arts. Whether you aspire to launch or advance your career in digital media, seek to pursue a professional path as a writer/content creator, or are interested in transforming your language skills into a career in translation or interpreting, we offer a program of study to meet your needs. Through graduate degrees and continuing education courses and certificates PALA provides the NYU education that sets you apart.


Global Events & Speaker Series

PALA is a hub of professional outreach and discovery that includes annual media talks featuring authors and publishing leaders; an ongoing series of interviews with industry leaders across disciplines; global executive education programs and conferences; and industry visits and global volunteer opportunities at book fairs and conferences.


Deeply Rooted Professional Connections

Semester-long graduate internships provide aspiring professionals with the opportunity to explore career pathways and cultivate critical connections. A Publishing Advisory Board of industry leaders offers unprecedented exposure to the expertise of top industry executives who identify trends, inform curriculum development, and mentor students.



Center for Publishing and Applied Liberal Arts graduate degree programs provide a deep immersion into course content that is designed to continuously evolve to meet the needs of industry. No matter which degree you pursue, you'll be taught by top industry experts, build an invaluable professional network, and walk away with the critical knowledge, skills, and content assets to demonstrate your expertise.

Master's in Publishing

  • 36-credit program of study
  • Prepares you for a career in publishing and digital magazine media
  • Core curriculum in high-demand areas—content creation, marketing and distribution, the business of publishing
  • Faculty of leading publishing industry executives
  • Full-and part-time study options
  • Global volunteer opportunities and industry visits
  • Internships and industry site visits
  • Networking events and opportunities

World-Renowned Summer Publishing Institute

For more than 40 years, The NYU Summer Publishing Institute has provided an invaluable introduction to publishing and media for recent college graduates, rising college seniors, and early professionals. Students earn graduate credit and can matriculate into the MS in Publishing with advanced standing.


Master’s in Professional Writing

  • 36-credit program of study
  • Fully online curriculum provides location flexibility
  • Develop your writing and editing skills, styles, and techniques
  • Build a professional-quality, digital writing portfolio from coursework
  • Customize your elective courses to match your interests and in demand writing specializations
  • Learn from expert faculty who are business communication specialists, science and medical writers, digital media strategists, technical writers, and more
  • Complete in full-time or part-time study options

Master’s in Translation & Interpreting

  • Offered fully online with opportunities to engage with faculty members and students at regular intervals
  • Curriculum that allows you to study translation from any language into English
  • Covers both written translation and the best practices of oral interpreting
  • Elective courses that customize your learning experience
  • Taught by faculty members who are professional experts in translation, interpreting, and localization
  • Complete in full-time or part-time study options
  • Prepares students for the ATA Certification Exam

Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning

For those professionals who are interested in sharpening their skills to change careers or to advance in their current roles, PALA offers a wide range of online study options. Choose from individual courses or full certificates.


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Lifelong Learning

At PALA, we believe learning is a lifelong proposition. Whether you want to prepare for a second career or simply explore topics that intrigue you, our selection of courses and certificate programs provide choices that build skills, broaden horizons, and stimulate your curiosity and appetite for learning.

Join a community of adults who seek to share ideas and build relationships with individuals who share their passions and their interests.