MA in English

Online Master of Arts Degree in English Enhances Literary and Language Skills

If you love literature and enjoy analyzing literary works, an online Master of Arts degree in English will enrich your knowledge and expand your critical analysis and communication skills. Upon completion of your MA English degree, you might pursue a doctoral degree in literature, teach at the community college or secondary levels, earn a professional degree in law or business, or work in publishing or public relations.

Southern New Hampshire University's MA English degree is versatile and offered entirely online, so you can complete course work on your schedule. The in-depth study provides a strong foundation in British and American literary works and enables you to tailor the program to your interests. Traditional and nontraditional course topics range from Shakespeare, Victorian literature and the Renaissance to Romantic literature, American Modernism, and gender and multi-ethnic studies.

Advantages of an Online Master of Arts Degree in English at SNHU

  • An affordable private, nonprofit university with an 80-year history.
  • No GRE, GMAT or undergraduate degree in English required for admission.
  • Financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify.
  • All classes are taken online for maximum convenience.
  • Extensive online interaction with your instructor and classmates.
  • Online Master of Arts degree in English classes are taught by experienced faculty who are critically acclaimed, published writers.
  • Complete your MA English degree in as few as 15 months with two classes per term.

Admission Requirements

Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our five graduate terms. You can apply at any time and get a decision within days of submitting all required materials. To apply, simply contact an admission counselor, who can help you explore financial options.  Your counselor can also walk you through the application process, which involves completing a graduate application ($40 fee) and providing undergraduate transcripts.

Additional requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree (can be in a discipline outside of the intended MA degree program).
  • Statement of Purpose: 200-500 words explaining why you wish to enter the program.
  • Writing Sample:  Minimum 3-5 pages (i.e. research paper, creative work, critical analysis of a literary piece, or work from previous academic studies).

Students with an undergraduate GPA below 2.75 are eligible for provisional acceptance. Based on your educational background, some Master of Arts provisional students may be required to take SNHU 501 – Introduction to Graduate Studies – which will provide students with the scholarly tools to be successful in their Master of Arts program of study. This policy is effective for new students enrolling for the 15TW4 graduate term starting April 27, 2015.


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