Best in Class

GWU’s Master of Arts in English Studies Program Earns Top U.S. Ranking


Gardner-Webb University’s online Master of Arts in English degree has been named among the best in the nation by an education information website, a distinguished honor for GWU’s recently-revamped English master’s degree program.

OnlineU, an online source for college and career information, honored Gardner-Webb as No. 4 in the U.S. on its “2018 Most Affordable Online Colleges for a Master’s in English” list, a resource produced to help current and future students make smart choices about advancing their education and careers. The ranking earned GWU a placement among schools like Texas Tech (Lubbock, Texas), Valdosta State University (Valdosta, Ga.), and Arizona State University (Tempe, Ariz.).

“Our decision to use an online delivery format reflected our desire to provide in-depth graduate study to students whose careers and geography may prohibit their participation in a seated program,” shared Dr. Jennifer Buckner, associate professor of English and chair of the Department of English Language and Literature. “We are thrilled to be recognized among the most affordable options—but we are more proud that the program we provide is of high quality and value.”

Gardner-Webb’s online programs have received multiple honors for quality and affordability in recent years, but this marks the first distinction for the University’s Master of Arts in English program.

Students in the 30-hour program select one of three concentration areas: English education studies, literature studies, or writing studies. A thesis or capstone project representing six credit hours rounds out the degree program.

Learn about programs available through the Department of English Language and Literature