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Explore the Power of English Literature
Engage in the study of language and literature with a Master’s Degree in English. You’ll develop the advanced critical reading, writing, and research skills necessary to participate confidently and meaningfully with other English studies scholars and professionals and to apply disciplinary knowledge beyond the field of English studies.
The Master’s in English is offered entirely online with interactive courses. You’ll benefit from the individual attention of professors. Choose from a variety of elective course offerings, including 17th – and 18th-century literature, Romanticism, Gothic, and Harlem Renaissance.
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The Master of Arts in English offers students the opportunity to engage in the study of language and literature. The program assists students in developing the advanced critical reading, writing, and research skills necessary to participate confidently and meaningfully with other English studies scholars and professionals and to apply disciplinary knowledge beyond the field of English studies.
The MA in English is offered entirely online with interactive courses. The accelerated pace of this 10-course program allows students to complete their master’s in less than one year. Students benefit from the individual attention of professors while engaging with each other, the course material, and building knowledge through collaboration in an invigorating and supportive learning community.
In addition to core courses that provide a strong foundation in the literary tradition, students choose from a variety of elective course offerings, including 17th- and 18th-century literature, Romanticism, Gothic, and Harlem Renaissance. Students have the ability to choose from two unique specializations to customize their academic experience: Gothic and Rhetoric. The Gothic specialization is the first and only Gothic MA in the United States, and the Rhetoric specialization has its own capstone.
The University’s Writing Across the Curriculum program offers opportunities for students to enhance their career development through projects such as editing and producing the student literary journal, the GNU, and working on the WHACK, the Writing Across the Curriculum newsletter. Various departmental faculty also have opportunities for students to assist them with teaching and scholarly projects.
National University’s MA in English program focuses on helping you develop a deep set of skills that are widely transferable and applicable to many careers. Some of the skills you will learn include research, writing, teaching, marketing, and more.
With these skills, you’ll be qualified to pursue a range of occupations in areas like education, public admin, health care, and more. Some of the specific job titles in these areas include:
- Technical writer
- Research associate
- Marketing product manager
- Education administrator
To give you an idea of the salary range*** you might command, BLS also states that the median annual wage for high school teachers was $61,800 in May 2021.
The Master of Arts in English with a Specialization in Rhetoric provides a program of graduate study in literature as well as a wide range of cultural production, from classical oration to contemporary cinema, with particular attention paid to how language and image are used to produce various effects and meanings. Students study literary texts and other cultural artifacts across a variety of media forms, developing readings that are grounded in contextual understanding. Students complete coursework in literary studies, classical and modern rhetoric, composition pedagogy, media studies, and film studies. The prescribed curriculum contains several variable-topic courses, allowing students to pursue broad program goals in topic areas matched to their individual interests. The program is appropriate for students seeking preparation for doctoral study or college-level teaching in English and related fields, or general cultural enrichment.
The Master of Arts in English with a Specialization in Gothic Studies provides a balanced and comprehensive program of graduate study in literature as well as a rigorous examination of the historical, theoretical, and critical reception of the Gothic, from its origins in the 18th century through to a range of contemporary works in both literature and film. The program is appropriate for students seeking preparation for doctoral study or college-level teaching in English and related fields, or general cultural enrichment.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Research and apply relevant criticism in sustained analyses and interpretations of specific works of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry
- Evaluate the relevance and validity of different theoretical approaches (e.g., historicist, biographical, etc.) to the understanding of specific works of literature
- Engage in informed critical discussion, both oral and written, of theoretical issues pertaining to the study of literature
- Engage in informed critical oral and written discussion of the works and criticism of a specific literary period or movement
- Participate in rigorous critiques of the scholarly works of others
- Revise and expand a scholarly paper to submit for publication in a scholarly or literary journal
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MA in English Degree FAQs
The MA in English program assists students in developing the advanced critical reading, writing, and research skills necessary to participate confidently and meaningfully with other English studies scholars and professionals and to apply disciplinary knowledge beyond the field of English studies. You will be poised to enter the education field, or work in a range of roles involving writing, communications, and data analysis.
National University’s MA in English is a ten-course program. With NU’s four-week courses and accelerated pace, students can complete this program, including the capstone, in as few as 11 months.
Earning an MA in English provides you with sought-after skills, setting you up for success in a variety of fields involving research and analysis, writing, teaching, journalism, marketing, communications, and more.
In addition to core courses that provide a strong foundation in literary traditions, students choose from a variety of elective course offerings, including 17th- and 18th-century literature, Romanticism, Gothic, and Harlem Renaissance.
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