To earn this degree, students must complete 36 credit hours of coursework. Up to nine of these hours may be taken on campus.
Students are advised each semester by the Graduate Coordinator, working out a program of study that best fits the student’s needs. Online courses are taught by the same English Department faculty members who teach in the on-site M.A. and M.F.A. programs. A diverse group of students enroll in our online courses: students from the online and on-site M.A. programs, as well as those who are enrolled in the resident and low-residency M.F.A. programs.
In addition to the core and concentration, a student in the Online M.A. chooses four additional courses (12 hours) to complete the 36 hours for the degree.Comprehensive Exams and/or Thesis
As conclusion for their study, students must either successfully complete one comprehensive exam (usually an exam in the student’s concentration) and write and defend a thesis (the thesis counts for 3 hours of credit); or successfully complete two comprehensive exams.Career
The Master of Arts program is sufficiently flexible to accommodate a range of academic interests and to help prepare students for several different career paths. Most of our graduates have gone on to choose one of four options: to pursue the doctoral degree; to teach in secondary schools, junior colleges, colleges, and universities; to undertake further professional training, most often in law; or to work as professional or technical writers.
Students begin their study with five core courses (15 total hours):
- Introduction to Graduate Studies in English.
- A course in British Literature,
- A course in American Literature,
- A course in Rhetoric, and
- A course in Professional Writing.
The Online Master of Arts program requires students to choose one of two concentrations: Literary Studies or Rhetoric and Professional Writing. For each of these concentrations, a student works with the Graduate Coordinator to choose three additional courses beyond the core (9 hours).
- 24 months
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- Statement of Purpose
- Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S. or a 4-year degree equivalent from a recognized institution of higher learning abroad.
- Applicants enrolled in the final year of a bachelor's degree or international equivalent will be considered for conditional admission.
- 3.0 grade point average (GPA) on a 4-point scale for all graduate coursework
- GRE and GMAT are not required for applicants to the M.F.A. program in Fine Arts, the M.M. program in Music, the M.A. program in History and the M.S. program in Chemistry. GRE or GMAT may be waived for students entering Master’s programs and who already possess a graduate degree
International13678 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 13678 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
National9108 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 9108 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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