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Master of Arts in English

Master of Arts in English

Collaborative Online Degree

This 100 percent online, consortial program is taught by IU South Bend, IU East, IU Bloomington, IUPUI, IU East, IU Kokomo, IU Northwest, and IU Southeast. This consortial model allows you to take coursework from several campuses and learn from a wide range of faculty.

This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

Many online support services are available to assist you as you progress through the program.

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, 18-20 credit hour graduate certificate in literature, composition studies, communication 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.

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

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.


To be accepted to this program, you must have

  • Successfully completed one of the four graduate certificates: Composition Studies, Communication Studies, Language and Literature, or Literature.
  • You must complete at least three courses in one of the certificate programs with a 3.5 or higher GPA before you may transition into the MA in English.

To apply to this program:

Complete an online application that includes:

  • 250-word personal statement explaining background and reasons for entering the program
  • Two letters of recommendation

Degree Requirements (36 cr.)

Requirements are broken down as follows:

  • All courses are 3 credit hours, unless otherwise noted.

Core Courses (8 cr.)

Select two from the following

  • ENG-G 500 Introduction to the English Language (4 cr.)
  • ENG-L 506 Introduction to Methods of Criticism and Research (4 cr.)
  • ENG-L 646 Readings in Media, Literature, and Culture (4 cr.)
  • ENG-W 509 Introduction to Writing and Literacy Studies (4 cr.)

Elective Courses (8 cr.)
  • ENG-W 609 Directed Writing Projects (4 cr.)
    By permission only
  • ENG-X 500/600 Any graduate English courses (4 cr.)

Academic Bulletins

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2021-2022 Campus Bulletin
2020-2021 Campus Bulletin
2019-2020 Campus Bulletin
2018-2019 Campus Bulletin
2017-2018 Campus Bulletin
2016-2017 Campus Bulletin
2015-2016 Campus Bulletin
2014-2015 Campus Bulletin

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