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English, M.A.

The IU Online Master of Arts in English enhances your language skills with a broad training in the primary areas of English studies. In this online master’s degree program, you’ll explore the core principles of writing and literature and acquire flexible English language skills through a humanities-based education.

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Course Delivery: 100% Online

Total Credits: 36

In-State Tuition Per Credit: $350.00

Out-of-State Tuition Per Credit: $490.00

Cost of attendance may vary by campus. View the total cost calculator

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Degree Overview

With the IU Online Master of Arts in English, you’ll develop analytical and presentation skills through the focused study of literature, acquire an appreciation of trends in the field of digital humanities, and gain the skills to conduct archival research. Choose your coursework to focus on an area of interest in English language studies, including literacy, linguistics, composition, and education.

You’ll graduate with an Indiana University degree respected by employers worldwide—and you can work on yours anytime and anywhere. Plus, you’ll enjoy personalized support services throughout your academic journey.

And the benefits start long before graduation. More than half of IU Online students advance in their careers before they complete their degree.

To be accepted to this program, you must have successfully completed:
  1. One of the following graduate certificates: Composition Studies, Language and Literature, or Literature
  2. At least three courses in one of the certificate programs with a 3.5 or higher GPA
To apply to this program:

Complete an online application that includes:

  • A 250-word personal statement describing your background and reasons for entering the program
  • Two letters of recommendation
Application Dates

Fall semester: Aug 1

Spring semester: Jan 1

Summer 1 semester: May 1

Summer 2 semester: Jun 15

Your IU Online M.A. in English prepares you for such careers as: 

  • High school dual-credit English teacher 
  • High school dual-credit literature teacher
  • Community college instructor
  • Other professions that value critical analysis, strong communication skills, and clarity of expression

Twenty (20) credits from your IU Online graduate certificate will apply to the M.A. in English requirements. Students who have earned credits from a different accredited college or university may transfer up to 4 credits.

To earn the M.A. in English, you must complete 36 credit hours.

This degree has a two-part "stackable" structure.  

  • You first complete an online, 18 to 20 credit hour graduate certificate in literature, composition studies, or language and literature. The certificate allows you to acquire specialized knowledge.
  • After you successfully complete one of the certificates, you take an additional 16 credits of master's-level coursework that extends the breadth and depth of your knowledge. 

Requirements are broken down as follows: 

  • English graduate certificate (20 credit hours) 
  • M.A. core courses (8 credit hours)
  • M.A. elective courses (8 credit hours) 


Core Classes for the MA in English
Course Number Course Name Credits
ENG-L 503 Teaching Literature in College 3 Credits
ENG-L 553 Studies in Literature 3 Credits
ENG-D 600
ENG-G 655
History of the English Language 3 Credits
ENG-W 509 Writing and Literary Studies 3 Credits
ENG-W 500 Teaching Composition: Issues and Approaches 3 Credits
ENG-W 600 Topics in Rhetoric and Composition 3 Credits
ENG-W 682 Special Topics: Rhetoric and Composition 3 Credits
ENG-W 508 Creative Writing for Teachers 3 Credits
ENG-W 554 Practicum Teaching of Creative Writing 3 Credits
ENG-G 660 Stylistics 3 Credits
ENG-L 646 Readings in Media/Literature/Culture 3 Credits
ENG-W 510 Computers in Composition 3 Credits
ENG-W 590 Teaching Composition: Theories and Applications 3 Credits
ENG-W 629 Advanced Argumentative Writing 3 Credits
ENG-W 501 Teaching College Writing 3 Credits
ENG-R 546 Rhetoric and Culture 3 Credits

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