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Class of 2016, Professional Sequence in Editing
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Online Availability

This program can be completed completely online.


Duration of Study

Most students complete the curriculum in one-and-a-half years.


Estimated Cost


Offering proficiency in copyediting, line editing and developmental editing, the Professional Sequence in Editing is the ideal training for those with a passion for fine-tuning the written word. The curriculum builds from grammar and usage to editing for various goals and audiences and culminates in the art of substantive editing to refine an author's style.

Courses are taught by working professionals with years of experience. Whether you want to begin a rewarding editing career, rise to a management position in publishing or apply editing expertise in a related profession, the program can help turn your editorial sensibilities into marketable skills.


You must be proficient in English and have a solid grasp of English grammar.

Curriculum Requirements

The curriculum comprises 4 required courses for a total of 8 semester units (120 hours of instruction). Candidates must pay a nonrefundable program registration fee.

All courses must be taken for a letter grade. To receive the Award of Completion, you must maintain an overall minimum 2.5 grade point average, with a grade of C or better in each course. All coursework must be completed within three years of registering for the program.

How to Register

By registering, you declare your intention to complete the curriculum. To register online for the Professional Sequence in Editing, complete these two steps:

  1. Submit the online registration, and complete your student account profile if you are a new student.
  2. Pay the nonrefundable registration fee through your shopping cart. Please allow 3–5 business days for the registration to appear in your student account.

Estimated Cost

Each course is priced individually, and you pay the course fee at the time of enrollment. The program has an estimated total cost of $2,800 (not including course materials or registration fee). Course fees are subject to change.

Certificate and Award Request

Once you have completed the program coursework, notify UC Berkeley Extension that you have completed the curriculum and request your Award of Completion. Send an email to extension-letters@berkeley.edu or call (510) 643-1110. After your records have been reviewed, verified and approved, your award will be sent to you in the mail. The review of your records is usually completed within six to eight weeks after you request the award.