Online Master of Arts in English

Do you have a passion for language and literature? The Master of Arts in English program provides you with the opportunity to deepen your knowledge of advanced and diverse areas of English studies. In this master’s in English, you’ll gain a better understanding of the historical, philosophical and cultural context of your creative and analytical work.

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Quick facts

Next start date:

Next start date: 01/09/2023


Total classes:

Total classes: 10

Weeks per class:

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours:

Total credit hours: 30

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What is an English master's program?

 

An online English master’s program incorporates many competencies related to the study of language and literature, from cultural studies to linguistics. Ideal for those looking to develop their knowledge of literature, English education and rhetorical and analytical skills, this degree imparts writing and communication skills highly prized in all industries. Upon graduating with a master’s in English, you’ll have the knowledge and skills needed to work in a variety of markets, including: 

  • Copywriting and editing.
  • Education.
  • Management.
  • Marketing.
  • Public service.
 

Please note, as a graduate student in the online master’s in English program, you’ll pursue the English studies track. Other tracks are available in our on-campus master’s degree program

What will I learn in a master's in English?

 

In the master’s in English program, you’ll learn how to interpret and articulate complex cultural, historical, literary and language-related ideas, as well as communicate them to a range of audiences. Developing these communication abilities builds a more comprehensive understanding of texts and other media. 

You’ll also sharpen valuable skills, such as:

  • Analytical competency.
  • Communication. 
  • Creativity.
  • Critical thinking.
  • Reading.

Is earning a master's in English worth it?

 

Yes. When you pursue an English master’s program, you receive relevant education for a variety of professional goals. Our variable format gives you exposure to the many concepts associated with English as a discipline that is vital for building broadly applicable knowledge.

Ranked as the #1 Best Online Master’s in English and Creative Writing by Nonprofit Colleges Online, this English master’s program can set you apart from others in the job application process, and in some cases, make you eligible for an increase in pay.  

Does my master's in English say 'online'?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.” That’s because ASU Online students learn from the same faculty and receive the same course content as in-person students receive.

Featured courses

English master's program courses

 

The master’s in English curriculum allows you to develop a broad base of knowledge. In addition to completing courses in rhetorical analysis, literary theory, genres, writing styles and research approaches, you’ll choose from elective courses that meet your personal and professional interests. Courses include:


Required

Approaches to Research


Elective

Teaching Young Adult Literature


Elective

Magical Realism as a Global Genre


Elective

Composition Studies


Elective

Linguistics


Required

Graduate Capstone Seminar


What can you do with a master’s in English?

Graduates of this program have diverse career opportunities. Whether you’re interested in editing, marketing, teaching, writing or a related field, a master’s in English degree may provide the skills needed to accomplish your career aspirations. Potential career titles include, but are not limited to:

Author

Copywriter

Editor

Human resources specialist

Instructional designer

Public relations specialist

Radio/television/film researcher

Social media manager

Web content writer

Study with experts in the field of English

From Royal Society and American Academy fellows to Marshall and Barry Goldwater Scholarship recipients, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is home to prestigious students and faculty members.

  • Fulbright American Scholars.
  • Guggenheim Fellows.
  • MacArthur Fellows.
  • Nobel laureates.

Study with experts in the field of English

From Royal Society and American Academy fellows to Marshall and Barry Goldwater Scholarship recipients, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is home to prestigious students and faculty members.

  • Fulbright American Scholars.
  • Guggenheim Fellows.
  • MacArthur Fellows.
  • Nobel laureates.

English master’s program admission requirements

Applicants to the Master of Arts in English program must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Application requirements

The largest and most diverse college at ASU

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences takes a transdisciplinary approach to education with a vast spectrum of degrees in the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities. We inspire students to be socially aware, critical thinkers and global citizens.

25,500+


currently enrolled students.

$140 million


in research expenditures in 2018.

23


interdisciplinary schools and departments.

95+


undergraduate degrees.

Tuition calculator

Our tuition calculator can help you estimate full-time tuition fees for this program without financial aid. Keep in mind: More than 80% of our students receive financial aid.

Financial aid can reduce out-of-pocket costs, resulting in less financial stress and increased academic confidence. Learn more.

Tuition calculator

Our tuition calculator can help you estimate full-time tuition fees for this program without financial aid. Keep in mind: More than 80% of our students receive financial aid.

Financial aid can reduce out-of-pocket costs, resulting in less financial stress and increased academic confidence. Learn more.

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