Master of Arts in English

The online Master of Arts program in English, offered by the Department of English, is the same as the onsite program with a different mode of delivery (electronic vs. face-to-face). The requirements for the MA online will be the same as for on-campus students. The application process is the same. Admitted MA students may take courses either online or face to face.

Program Overview

The Master of Arts in English is designed to provide broad general knowledge of literature and language as well as knowledge of principles and techniques of the field. Through dedicated study and our Professional Development curriculum, we help our students develop and demonstrate essential communication skills. Students seeking the Master of Arts in English must complete 36 semester hours of study, including the following requirements:

  • Two of three foundation courses (5340, Research Methods; 5342, Critical Methods; 5060, History and Theory of College Composition)
  • One course in British literature
  • One course in American literature
  • One course in Comparative Literature
  • One professional development course (Professional Development Curriculum and an optional 5390: Writing for Publication)
  • Six hours of thesis, or two additional courses plus a portfolio
  • Foreign language or a tools/methods course
  • Literature courses must cover the main literary genres, poetry, drama, and prose fiction.
  • Particular concentrations, such as in Book History, Comparative Literature, Film and Media Studies, Linguistics, or Literature, Social Justice, and Environment, are available within the department and would be available to online students seeking a specialized rather than generalist degree. We do not plan to offer the concentration in creative writing online at this time.
  • Students are not required to enroll in a certain number of courses each semester, so completion time varies by individual.
  • Semester-based courses align with the Academic Calendar of Texas Tech University.

Application Process

1. Apply to Texas Tech University's Graduate School.

  • Complete the Graduate Admissions Application.
    • $60 initial application fee or $50 for each subsequent application (including changes of entry date, add/change program requests, or readmission requests).
    • Students planning to pursue a master's degree must submit Graduate Records Exam (GRE) scores to the Graduate School. Scores must be less than five years old at the time of application.
    • International students must also submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score to the Graduate School. Scores must be less than two years old at the time of application.

2. Apply for admission to the English Department

3. Apply for financial aid and/or scholarships.

  • Financial aid is distributed based on full-time enrollment and several other eligibility requirements. Your enrolled hours as of the 12th day of class in the fall and spring semesters determines your enrollment status for the semester, and financial aid is disbursed accordingly. Attending less than full-time could mean a reduction in aid.

4. Check your admissions status. Texas Tech University will notify you of your admissions status by updating the Applications tab in your Raiderlink.

Program Requirements

The Department of English reviews all applications holistically, evaluating every aspect of a candidate's application file. Applicants are neither ruled out nor admitted solely on the basis of GRE scores, GPA, or any other single quantitative factor. Probable success in graduate work, as indicated by all available evidence, is the final criterion for admission.

Still, on average, successful applications to the M.A. program in English usually show the following:

  • B.A. in English, or a B.A. in a related field plus a minimum of 12 hours of advanced undergraduate coursework in English
  • 3.75 GPA in all undergraduate English courses
  • Scores of 550 on the verbal and quantitative portions of the GRE General Exam (156/146 in the new system), and a score of 5.0 on the writing portion
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Last updated October 13, 2018
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