English, Master of Arts

No teaching license is required to be admitted into the program. Students in the English Education program are not eligible for teaching licensure upon completion. 

The MA English program is a fully online program that consists of 30 credit hours, 24 hours of coursework and six hours of capstone credit. For students maintaining consistent full-time status, normal degree completion time is five consecutive Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. Cohorts begin in the Fall semester. Within the MA English program, a minimum of six hours is required for full-time status.

Purpose

The MA English program offers three concentrations that reflect the diversity of the discipline and the evolving nature of English studies. With concentrations in literature studies, English education, and writing studies, this degree is for students who desire professional advancement in areas such as writing, publishing, and teaching at the secondary or college levels. While these concentrations represent different disciplines within the field, the overall program goal is for students to develop a scholarly and professional identity. These goals reflect the growing professional demand for strong skills in communication, analysis, critical thinking, and collaboration. All concentrations include a capstone project.

Admission Requirements

Program-specific admission requirements for full acceptance into the Master of English program are the following.

  1. A BA or BS in English or an equivalent degree (from the Communications field, for example). Students without a bachelor’s degree in English or substantial undergraduate coursework in English will be evaluated on an individual basis. Typically, 12-15 hours of upper-level English coursework is expected to be completed before admission;
  2. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for all work completed beyond high school;
  3. A clear and well-written 250-word statement of purpose, explaining the student’s objectives and purpose for pursuing an MA in English. The student should indicate the concentration of interest - literature studies, English education, writing studies; and
  4. A writing sample of 2,000 words or an equivalent body of work that demonstrates the applicant’s writing abilities and readiness to engage in graduate-level work. This writing sample might include an in-depth literary analysis, an extensive research piece (e.g., senior thesis) on a topic within English studies, or a portfolio of writing samples from an internship or current work environment.

No standardized test score is required. No teaching license is required to be admitted into the program. Students in the English Education program are not eligible for teaching licensure upon completion.

OR

Successful completion of six hours of Gardner Webb’s Graduate Certificate in English program coursework and instructor recommendation. Email English department chair for the internal application form to submit.  

Student Learning Outcomes

The Master of Arts in English program is designed to meet the following goals:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to read, write, and think critically on a professional level according to discipline;
  2. Demonstrate discipline-specific research methods; and
  3. Demonstrate the ability to carry out and complete a thesis or capstone project that is of publishable quality (specific projects determined in concentrations).

MA English Curriculum (30 hours)

The Master of Arts in English curriculum offers three core courses (nine credit hours) and seven courses in the concentration (15 credit hours coursework and six credit hours thesis or capstone). The core courses build community and foster collaboration among peers as well as provide a foundation for courses within each concentration. The timeline for completion is five consecutive Fall, Spring and Summer semesters.

Required Common Core Courses for all Concentrations (9 hours)

ENGL 501An Introduction to Graduate English Studies

3

ENGL 671Literary Theory

3

ENGL 683Teaching of Writing

3

All concentrations will be required to complete a capstone project.

Literature Studies Required Courses (21 hours)

ENGL 690Literature Studies Proposal

3

ENGL 691Literature Studies Capstone

3

5 ENGL electives, four of which must be literature electives

15

Literature studies electives

From the list below: 1) At least one pre-1800 literature course and one post-1800 literature course should be taken. 2) At least one course each of American, British, and World Literature should be taken.

ENGL 555Special Topics

1-3

ENGL 611Seminar in British Literature

3

ENGL 612Selected British Texts - Medieval Period

3

ENGL 613Shakespeare

3

ENGL 614Selected British Writers (Non-Shakespearean) - Renaissance Period

3

ENGL 615Selected British Writers - The Long Eighteenth Century

3

ENGL 616Selected British Writers - Romantic Period

3

ENGL 617Selected British Writers - Victorian Period

3

ENGL 631Seminar in American Literature

3

ENGL 634African-American Literature

3

ENGL 651Seminar in Global Literature

3

ENGL 654Mythology

3

ENGL 657Caribbean Literature

3

ENGL 659Literature and Colonization

3

ENGL 671Literary Theory

3

ENGL 673Contemporary Trends in Literature

3

ENGL 675Young Adult Literature

3

Writing Studies Courses (21 hours)

ENGL 629Seminar in New Media Studies

3

ENGL 692Writing Studies Proposal

3

ENGL 693Writing Studies Capstone

3

Four ENGL electives, three of which must be writing electives

12

Writing Studies Electives

ENGL 621Technology and Literacy

3

ENGL 625Visual Rhetoric and Document Design

3

ENGL 661Professional and Technical Writing

3

ENGL 665Principles of Editing and Publishing

3

ENGL 669Seminar in Rhetoric

3

English Education Courses (21 hours)

ENGL 681Seminar in Current Issues and Methods of Teaching English

3

ENGL 675Young Adult Literature

3

ENGL 694English Education Proposal

3

ENGL 695English Education Capstone

3

Three electives from Literature or Writing Studies

9

Total Credit Hours: 30