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Professional Editing

School of Liberal Arts

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Degree Offered

Graduate Certificate

An interdisciplinary 15 credit hour research certification cover­ing the fundamental theories and methods involved in the practice of scholarly editing and other more general applica­tions of professional editing. The interdepartmental curriculum includes editing concentrations in English and History and is administered by graduate faculty of the Institute for American Thought within the School of Liberal Arts.

Special Program Requirements

(See also general University Graduate School requirements.)

Admission Requirements

Students already admitted into Indiana University or Purdue University graduate degree programs are eligible to earn a certificate. In addition to re-submitting their degree admission materials such students must declare their current partici­pation in the program and also submit a statement of interest. Continuing graduate nondegree students must meet the following requirements: (1) a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, with the expectation of a minimum 3.0 overall GPA (on a scale of 4.0) and a minimum 3.0 average GPA in the student’s major, (2) a statement of interest, and (3) three letters of recommendation. There is no specific major requirement, but candidates should have a record of course work to demonstrate sufficient writing and research experience. International students from non-English speaking countries must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination and score above 79 on the iBT version of the test or score at least a 6.56 on the International applicants who use International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Unless they hold a degree from an English-speaking institution or scored above 100 on the iBT version of the TOEFL, they will need to take the EAP examination upon arrival at IUPUI. If any language courses are required on the basis of the examination, these must be started during the first term at IUPUI and finished within the first year.

Foreign Language/Research-Skill Requirement



Certificate students must maintain at least a 3.0 (B) grade point average.

Course Requirements

A minimum of 14-15 credit hours (dependent on the concentration chosen), which include completion of any one of several three-course core concentrations (11–12 credit hours) and one or more open electives (3–6 credit hours). Normally, 9 credit hours can be taken before admission to the certificate program, provided that all course work is completed within a four-year period. For course descriptions, see the course listings for the Departments of English and History at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis.

Core Options

Three courses (11-12 credit hours) in one of the following field concentrations or, with permission from the program director, putting together an individual core from either track:

Scholarly Editing Concentration I: Critical (Eclectic) Texts (12 credit hours)
  • L501 Professional Scholarship in Literature [English] (4 cr.)
  • L680 Topics: Textual Theory and Textual Criticism [English] (4 cr.)
  • L701 Descriptive Bibliography and Textual Problems [English] (4 cr.)
Scholarly Editing Concentration II: Documentary Texts (11 credit hours)
  • H501 Historical Methodology [History] (4 cr.)
  • H543 Internship: Practicum in Public History [History] (4 cr.)
  • H547 Topics in Public History: Historical Editing [History] (3 cr.)
Open Elective Course(s)

One course (3–4 credit hours. Any of the core options listed previously (outside of the student’s chosen field concentration) may be counted as an open elective, as well as any of the following courses and, with permission of the director, any course that is related but not listed below (for course descriptions, see the course listings for the Departments of English and History at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis).

  • LIS S505 Organization and Representation of Knowledge and Information [Information and Library Science] (3 cr.)
  • LIS S681 The Book 1450 to the Present [Information and Library Science] (3 cr.)
  • L590 Internship in English [English] (4 cr.)
  • NEWM N500 Principles of Multimedia Technology [New Media] (3 cr.)

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