Editing Certificate

The Editing certificate program offers a focused sequence of courses designed to prepare individuals to enter the publishing industry and to help current editing professionals build skills and knowledge for career advancement. In addition to core courses focused on manuscript editing, students have the opportunity to learn about the emerging technologies and marketing tools that dramatically affect publishing professionals today.

The Editing Certificate program is enhanced through connections with the University of Chicago Press. Editors from the University of Chicago Press are among the instructors in the program. Since 1906, the University has published The Chicago Manual of Style, an authoritative resource in the publishing industry. Now in its 16th edition, The Chicago Manual of Style is the required text for the Editing Certificate.

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Program Structure

Students must complete 4 required courses and 1 elective to earn the certificate. The program can be completed in as little as three quarters (9 months).

Classes are offered in two formats, online or in-person. Students may take all courses online or enroll in a combination of online and in-person courses.


  • 4 to 6 weeks course length
  • Weekly live class sessions, offered weekday evenings or Saturday mornings
  • Between the weekly synchronous sessions participants complete required readings, assignments and self-study activities

Learn more about taking online courses.

In person

  • Courses are offered in a convenient 3-day seminar format at the University of Chicago Gleacher Center in downtown Chicago.
  • Seminar schedule is Thursday-Saturday from 9:00am-4:30pm.


Required Courses

  • Basic Manuscript Editing
  • Intermediate Manuscript Editing
  • Advanced Manuscript Editing
  • Editing Electronically


  • Introduction to Acquisitions Editing
  • Introduction to eBook Formatting
  • Introduction to Developmental Editing
  • Essentials of Grammar for Professionals
  • Copyright for Publishing Professionals *
  • Designing and Editing Tables and Graphs *
  • Introduction to Medical Editing *

*  Crossover courses between Editing certificate and Medical Writing and Editing certificate programs

Application Requirements

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. A bachelor’s degree is a pre-requisite for the program.

Applicants must submit:

  • Completed online application
  • $40 application fee (non-refundable)
  • Personal statement
  • Current resume or CV

Students may take one course without applying to the program.

Members of related professional associations such as the Editorial Freelancers Association, Chicago Women in Publishing, Independent Writers of Chicago, the Council of Science Editors, and American Copy Editors Society qualify for a 10% discount when able to provide proof of current, valid membership. The professional membership discount is not available for online registration. Please call 773.702.1722 to register. If you are a member of an organization not listed above, please contact editing@uchicago.edu.

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