Non-Credit Certificate Program in Editing

Secure foundational editing skills while learning about the latest trends and technologies to prepare for a successful publishing career.

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At a Glance

9 months to 3 years
$1,320 per course
$6,600 for certificate

The University of Chicago’s professional development certificate in Editing uses the Chicago Manual of Style as the foundation for developing the skills needed to enter the publishing industry or to advance the careers of current editing professionals in nine to twenty-four months, part-time.

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The online program with synchronous sessions focuses on building technical skills with instruction covering all levels of editing and marketing tools impacting the publishing industry. ​​The program is enhanced through connections with the University of Chicago Press, with its editors among the instructors in the program.

Designed For

Designed to prepare individuals to enter the publishing industry and to help current editing professionals build skills and knowledge for career advancement.

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Wordsmiths Wanted—Enroll in Our Editing Certificate Today

Are you passionate about perfecting prose and polishing content to perfection? Elevate your editing skills with our online Editing certificate at UChicago Professional Education.

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Learn with Leaders in Editing

Since 1906, the University has published The Chicago Manual of Style, an authoritative resource in the publishing industry. Now in its 17th edition, The Chicago Manual of Style is the required text for the Editing Certificate.

Earn a Credential in Editing

After successful completion of this certificate, participants will receive credentials certified by the University of Chicago including a certificate of completion and a digital badge to recognize their achievement.

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Editing Career Benefits

Amidst the rise of social media, e-readers, and online content, digital-savvy graduates looking to shape the future of publishing can choose from a bevy of possible career paths, including editorial, production, publicity, and marketing. Having technical and digital proficiency offers editors a tremendous advantage in a digital-first landscape.

Potential salary for editing professionals

$ 73 k

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, editors earn an average annual salary of $73,080 and an average hourly wage of $35.14.

Potential job titles for editing students

  • Acquisitions Editor
  • Assignment Editor
  • Assistant/Associate Editor
  • Development Editor
  • Editorial Assistant
  • Managing Editor

The Editing certificate has given me some additional tools in my arsenal so that I can better serve the author. The courses also supported my established philosophy of editing and helped me build my knowledge base for my career.

Christine Parker, Editing Student and Book Editor

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