Our Students

We attract well-educated, talented, and enthusiastic students to our program.

Student Backgrounds

Our students range in age from their early 20s through their 50s and beyond. Most have at least one university degree, and quite a number hold post-graduate degrees.

Publishing Program students are fairly evenly divided among

  • recent university graduates,
  • people looking for a career change, and
  • publishing professionals who want to enhance their knowledge and skills.

Different Programs of Study

About half of our students register for a Certificate in Publishing. The rest take as many individual courses as they want for their own professional development in selected areas.

What Our Students Say About the Program

Photo: Deirdre  Molina“Ryerson’s Publishing Program gave me the knowledge, context, and skills that enabled me to find a job in the publishing industry. The instructors are passionate about their subjects and their enthusiasm is infectious. Students from the Publishing Program make great interns and future employees.”
     –Deirdre Molina, Senior Managing Editor, Knopf Canada 

Photo: Ward McBurney“Editing is an art, but I didn’t know that until I took copy and substantive editing courses at Ryerson. Soon after, I became managing editor of a small press, and found all I had learned both sound and useful. But it was my instructors and fellow students that really made the difference: the Ryerson Publishing Program taught me that I am part of a profession, and that it contains some of the best and sharpest people in Canada.”
     –Ward McBurney, editor, author, and broadcaster

“Whenever we’re looking to hire someone for Westwood Creative Artists, we turn to the Ryerson Publishing Program for applicants. We’re confident that people enrolled in the program are receiving a practical introduction to publishing, one that lays the foundation for successful employment in the industry. And we speak from experience – we’re both graduates of the program who were hired while studying at Ryerson.”
     –Hilary McMahon, literary agent (now vice president), Westwood Creative Artists, and Nicole Winstanley, foreign rights director, Westwood Creative Artists (now publisher, Penguin Canada)

Ryerson Publishing Alumni

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