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English (online), M.A.

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    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
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.  


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). 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

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 

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

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.
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