• Course Delivery
    100% Online
  • Total Credits
    36
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $320.00
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $450.00

English, MA

Master of Arts

The IU Online Master of Arts in English provides broad training in the primary areas of English studies.  

As a student in the program, you explore the core principles of writing and literature pedagogy, the linguistic structure and history of English literature, and a wide variety of reading strategies associated with genre and close reading. You gain skills and knowledge to conduct archival research, develop analytical and presentation skills through the focused study of literature in a seminar format, and acquire an appreciation of current trends in the field of digital humanities.   

Specific areas of focus include: 

  • Linguistic structures and history of the English language  
  • Reading strategies and literary practices, such as close reading, analysis of style, form and genre, and rhetorical practices
  • Approaches to composition and writing instruction, including the identification and evaluation of sources, use of evidence, generation of ideas, and the development and organization of argument
  • Fostering discussion and developing presentation skills in a seminar setting
  • Developing archival research skills and facility with electronic resources
  • Developments, trends, and frontiers in the digital humanities 

The MA in English has a two-part "stackable" structure.  

  • You first complete an online, 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. 

This 100 percent online, consortial program is taught by IU Bloomington, IUPUI, IU East, IU Kokomo, IU Northwest, IU South Bend, and IU Southeast.

Of Special Interest for Dual-Credit and Community College Instructors Needing to Meet HLC Standards

The stackable structure of the MA in English is ideal for dual-credit and community college teachers who need to meet the Higher Learning Commission's instructor qualification standards. These standards require teachers to hold either a master's degree in their area of instruction or a master's degree in another discipline plus at least 18 credit hours of discipline-specific graduate coursework.

  • If you hold a master's degree in a discipline other than your discipline of instruction, you can meet HLC's standards by completing one of the online certificates.  
  • If you need both discipline-specific coursework and a master's degree, the MA in English meets HLC standards and provides a comprehensive program of study in English.

Your IU Online MA 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  

Degree Requirements 

To earn the MA in English, you must complete a total of 36 credit hours.  

Requirements are broken down as follows: 

  • English graduate certificate (20 credit hours) 
  • MA core courses (8 credit hours)
  • MA elective courses (8 credit hours)

Admissions

To gain admission to the MA program, you must successfully complete one of the three graduate certificates:

  • Composition Studies  
  • Language and Literature
  • Literature

To be admitted to any one of the three certificate programs, students must possess:

  • A BA in English (or a related bachelor's degree in education with an English specialization, concentration, or outside area)

OR

  • Two years of secondary teaching experience in literature or composition classes

You must complete at least three courses in one of the certificate programs with a 3.5 or higher GPA. When you have successfully completed three courses, you transition into the MA in English by submitting:

1. A 250-word personal statement explaining background and reasons for entering the program

2. An expository writing sample

3. Two letters of recommendation


Courses

Core
  • English Graduate Certificate 20 Credits

    You must complete one of the following IU Online English graduate certificates: literature, literature and language, or composition studies.

  • Core Skills and Methods of Advanced Literary Study 8 Credits

    Choose two: ENG-L 506 Intro to Methods of Criticism and Research -OR- ENG-L 646 Readings in Media/Literature/Culture -OR- ENG-W 509 Writing and Literary Studies -OR- ENG-G S00 Introduction to the English Language.

  • ENG-X 500/600 Any graduate English course 4 Credits
Elective
  • ENG-W 609 Independent writing project 4 Credits

    By permission only.

Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $320.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $960.00
Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $450.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1350.00
Note: 

Additional fees will apply.

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