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With concentrations in literature studies, English education, and writing studies, the Master of Arts in English degree will offer you the opportunity for professional advancement in areas such as writing, publishing, and teaching at the secondary or college levels.
Since the MA English is a cohort, new students begin in the fall. Applicants should have a BA or BS in English or an equivalent degree (from the Communications field, for example). Students without a bachelor’s degree in English or substantial undergraduate coursework in English will be evaluated on an individual basis. Typically, 12-15 hours of upper-level English coursework are expected to be completed before admission.
The online MA English program is designed for students to develop a scholarly and professional identity that reflects the growing demand for strong skills in communication, analysis, critical thinking, and collaboration.
In order to reflect the diversity of the discipline and the evolving nature of English studies, the program is divided into three concentrations: literature studies, English education, and writing studies. The core courses build community and foster collaboration across concentrations as well as provide a foundation for courses within each concentration.
The online MA English program uses a cohort model designed for students to complete the degree in five semesters, including one summer. Each student takes three core courses and seven courses in the concentration for a total of 30 hours. Concentration course will be made up of electives as well as required proposal and capstone credit.
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Upon completion of the program, all graduates will be able to:
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