English (online)

University of New Orleans

M.A. Online
24 months
13678 USD/year
9108 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The English Department is proud to announce its new online Master of Arts program, designed to make the UNO M.A. in English more accessible to our students. Its focus is basically two-part—giving students advanced subject-matter expertise in both literature and rhetoric/professional writing.  

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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.


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.

Programme Structure

Core Courses

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). 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
3 (required)
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
79 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 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 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13678 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13678 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    9108 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9108 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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