Best Online
English Master’s Programs

2017_MastersDegree.com-best-online-masters-programs-englishWhile a master’s degree in English once primarily prepared students for a doctoral level program, today the degree has transformed into a versatile credential. Students learn skills applicable across disciplines, including critical thinking, research, analysis, observation, writing and editing. The degree can lead to higher-level positions in post-secondary education or more specialized writing opportunities in government and industy settings.

One of the most popular career tracks for graduates of English master’s programs is teaching, especially at the university level. According to a 2011 Modern Language Association of America (MLA) report, “About 50% of the non-tenure-track faculty members in four-year colleges and some 60% of tenured and tenure-track faculty members in two-year institutions hold an MA as their highest degree.” For individuals hoping to work their way up to a tenured position, the English MA is an ideal starting point.

Generally, master’s-level English programs do not require a practicum or internship, making them conducive to a fully online curriculum. The virtual format also allows students ample time to concentrate on developing the detailed writing skills necessary to excel within the program and after graduation. With so many new opportunities available, it can be a daunting task to choose a course of study and school that will fulfill your needs. Based on our own methodology, we have ranked the 19 best online Masters in English programs.

Our Methodology

Our rankings methodology begins with two crucial factors:

The school's commitment to consistently rewarding degrees - We pit the number of students awarded a master's degree in the most recent academic year against total graduate student enrollment for the same year. The more degrees awarded, relative to the student population, the more the school prioritizes helping their students complete programs and obtain degrees.

The school's commitment to online graduate education - We look at the total number of master's programs offered by a school compared to the number of online master's programs offered. This tells us the school is committed to providing a quality, online program that compliments, or even goes beyond, their on-campus graduate offerings. It is also an indicator of the school's commitment to working students who need no small amount of flexibility in order to pursue an education and advance their career.

From there, we confirmed that the school offered the following services, as reported by the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS):

  • Academic/Career Counseling Service
  • Employment Services for Students
  • Placement Services for Completers

These services are the essential indicator that a school understands how to bridge the gap between their online master's programs and the working world. Any school lacking in these basic services was not included in our final list.

All data referenced above is sourced from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, overseen by the National Center for Education Statistics.

English Resources

  1. 1

    Wayland Baptist University

    Location

    Plainview, TX

    Tuition

    • $8,190 annually

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • SACS/CC

    What to Expect

    • Wayland's Master of Arts in English online is comprised of four annual terms that offer at least two online courses, in addition to a series of hybrid classes.

      • The 37 credit hour program has two track options, a thesis and a non-thesis, both of which are 6 credit hours and require a written comprehensive exam.
      • Applicants must have a bachelor's degree, a minimum of 12 upper-division credit hours, a 3.0 GPA and reading proficiency in a foreign language approved by the School of Languages and Literature.
      • Through institutional, state and federal programs, Wayland makes sure that over 95% of full-time students receive financial assistance.

    The Online Environment

    • WBU's online delivery platform for its Virtual Campus is Blackboard, paired with plenty of individual guidance and personal support. Along with a thorough explanation of how to get started with the interface, WBU also has a handy video tutorial that explains the possibilities of Blackboard Learn at length.

    • Since I am in the Navy, I travel quite a bit. It is difficult finding a quality school that has course schedules and programs that are conducive to my dynamically changing schedule. The short terms in-class, supplemented by a couple online classes and a couple of hybrid classes, enabled me to complete my degree with ensuring that I received quality face-to-face instruction and mentoring.

      Charles Bering, graduate
  2. 2

    Concordia University in Chicago

    Location

    River Forest, IL

    Tuition

    • $14,040 annually

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NCACS/THLC

    What to Expect

    • Though not a traditional English degree, those interested in helping non-profit, research and healthcare organizations find funding may apply for Concordia's online Master of Arts in Grant Writing, Management and Evaluation program.

      • The program takes twenty months or five semesters to complete.
      • Applicants are not required to have a GRE score.
      • Students take two courses per semester, or one class at a time for each eight-week term, in a cohort of 6 to 19 people.
      • Students applying to programs in the College of Graduate and Innovative Studies or the Accelerated Degree Completion Program for Adults are eligible to receive financial aid.

    The Online Environment

    • Concordia uses the Blackboard learning management system to deliver its online courses asynchronously, allowing students to access lectures, readings and assignments whenever it's most convenient. Online faculty are selected from qualified, personable professors across the world, bringing a globally diverse perspective to the online education environment.

  3. 3

    Webster University

    Location

    Saint Louis, MO

    Tuition

    • $11,610 annually

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NCACS/THLC

    What to Expect

    • Webster's master's in Communication Arts, with an emphasis in Writing for Educators can be completed entirely online. The writing emphasis allows educators to develop skills and techniques to better help students with proficiency, fluency, creativity and style in writing.

      • The 33 credit hours required for the degree must include the 15 credit hours of core courses, 12 credit hours of coursework in the emphasis area and six credits of electives.
      • Online courses are limited to 16 students per class to ensure more personal interaction between instructors and students.
      • There are financial aid options for online students as well as VA Benefits.

    The Online Environment

    • Webster's Online Learning Center uses Canvas Learning Management System hosted by Instructure to deliver course content and enable asynchronous communication between teacher and student. Webster's WorldClassRoom is the portal to Online Learning.

      Although asynchronous, courses are not self-paced or independent. Rather, students are expected to adhere to weekly deadlines set by instructors when submitting assignments, completing readings or participating in course discussions and activities. The online faculty are the same individuals who teach the traditional face-to-face classes.

  4. 4

    Heritage University

    Location

    Toppenish, WA

    Tuition

    • $10,440 annually

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NCCU

    What to Expect

    • The Master's of Arts in English degree from Heritage can be completed entirely online. The curriculum is designed for those who desire to teach at the secondary or college level, as well as for those who wish to prepare for Ph.D. studies in English literature, linguistics or composition theory.

      There are several additional degree paths to choose from as well. Students can combine work in English and education by pursuing the Master of Education degree in Organizational Leadership, with a specialization in English Language and Literature; or they can focus on a more specialized area of English by pursuing the MA degree in Multicultural English Literature and Language.

      • 98% of students enrolled at Heritage receive financial aid.
      • The program's student to faculty ratio is 8:1.

    The Online Environment

    • While Heritage does not explicitly identify their interface provider, they do assure prospective online students that they will have 24/7 access to the platform and will benefit greatly from the flexibility of their online programs.

      Faculty members who teach on campus also teach the online courses. All are dedicated professors who have Ph.D. or MFA specializations related to American ethnic literatures and complementary literary theory; many also hold credentials in linguistics, creative writing and composition theory, all with multicultural emphases.

  5. 5

    National University

    Location

    La Jolla, CA

    Tuition

    • $10,638 annually

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • WASC/SCUC

    What to Expect

    • The Master of Arts in English has two specializations that can be completed online: Gothic studies and rhetoric. The program is ideal for teachers interested in progressing towards a doctoral degree in English, teaching in a two-year college or simply furthering their education.

      With coursework covering hands-on learning experiences, theory, research and applied techniques, graduates can bring their knowledge to any number of careers.

      • Applicants are required to have a grade point average of 2.0 to 2.49.
      • Applicants must also provide a score from the GMAT, GRE, Miller Analogies Test or an approved standardized, program-specific exam.
      • The MA in English program consists of 10 courses that total 45 quarter units.

      A "Writing Across the Curriculum" program is also part of the degree and includes projects such as editing and producing the student literary journal, The GNU, and working on the WHACK, the Writing Across the Curriculum Newsletter.

    The Online Environment

    • The platform for NU's online education, referred to as the eCollege platform, features e-mails, lectures, readings, presentations, evaluations and easy communication between students, professors and peers. Students can download the National University smartphone app so they can log in to their online courses while on the go.

  6. 6

    Chatham University

    Location

    Pittsburgh, PA

    Tuition

    • $14,886 annually

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • MSCHE

    What to Expect

    • The Master of Professional Writing (MPW) at Chatham now has a new specialization in technical writing available. The program, with or without the concentration, is a fully online, accelerated program in which students will explore and practice writing in a variety of professional contexts. This includes, but is not limited to: technical writing, political writing and writing for electronic media. Those students who choose the concentration also explore technical writing in the contexts of science, technology, medicine and robotics, to mention a few.

      • The programs totals to 30 credit hours.
      • Classes are typically seven weeks long.

      Graduate students at Chatham who are permanent U.S. residents are eligible to apply for financial aid through the Federal Stafford Loan program. Also available are Chatham graduate assistantships that can lead to up to 30% off of tuition costs.

    The Online Environment

    • Chatham University's College of Continuing and Professional Studies (CCPS) uses Moodle Learning Management System for the asynchronous, interactive class discussion board forum. Here, students post responses to course ideas, readings and each other. In the final semester of the online professional writing program, students have the opportunity to work on real projects for clients in their locale and develop a professional portfolio.

  7. 7

    Mercy College

    Location

    Dobbs Ferry, NY

    Tuition

    • $14,508 annually

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • MSCHE

    What to Expect

    • Offered fully online, Mercy's Master of Arts in English Literature is a 30 credit hour program that can be completed as either a full- or part-time student.

      • Full-time students can potentially complete the program in just two and a half years, while part-time students may take up to six years to finish.
      • Two or three courses are typically offered per semester, with 20 to 25 students enrolled in each.
      • GRE scores are not required to apply, but prospective students should submit an undergraduate transcript.
      • Completion of a 25-page research thesis is required for graduation in addition to a three-hour written comprehensive essay examination specific to the students' program courses.

    The Online Environment

    • Blackboard is the primary platform used in the online courses at Mercy College. The online MA in English program also offers a "Four Plus One Program" for eligible English majors, which enables students to complete the undergraduate English program and a professional certificate in education and English in conjunction with the MS in Education. If necessary, students can also satisfy their general education curriculum requirements online prior to beginning the master's program.

  8. 8

    Northern Arizona University

    Location

    Flagstaff, AZ

    Tuition

    • $8,572 annually-in-state
    • $16,207 annually-out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NCACS/THLC

    What to Expect

    • NAU has three online master's degrees in English available: General English, Professional Writing and Rhetoric and the Teaching of Writing. The general degree program puts emphasis on literature, professional writing and technology, literacy, composition, English education, linguistics and second-language teaching. Those in the professional writing track focus on writing grants and proposals, reports, procedures, policy statements and other types of workplace writing for business, industry and government jobs.

      Students of the rhetoric and teaching program are encouraged to design their own emphasis by selecting a cross-disciplinary set of courses in rhetoric, composition, literature, linguistics and professional writing.

      • All requirements for an MA must be completed within six years.
      • The Alex Weirich Memorial Scholarship is awarded to graduate students in the Rhetoric and the Teaching of Writing English MA program.
      • Graduate assistantships are also available for English master's students.

    The Online Environment

    • Students are advised to learn to use an HTML editor. An elementary HTML editor is offered by Blackboard Learn (NAU's Learning Management System) in conjunction with making class posts in the LMS. University computer labs have MS SharePoint, and/or Dreamweaver. Netscape Composer is another option and is available as a free download with the browser SeaMonkey. Online courses are delivered asynchronously via Blackboard.

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    Morehead State University

    Location

    Morehead, KY

    Tuition

    • $9,630 annually

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • SACS/CC

    What to Expect

    • The 33 credit hour, entirely online Masters of Arts in English offers both thesis and non-thesis options, as well as a full array of online courses in all the major areas of English studies.
      Students will gain a solid background in English language and literature through the 23 courses that enable students to complete the degree entirely online.

      • Applicants must have an undergraduate major or minor in English with an average GPA of 3.0, a total of 12 upper-division credits in English and American Literature courses and a satisfactory GRE score.
      • While most "virtual" students are part-time, a full-time online student could feasibly complete the program within two years. Most of the courses are on a two-and-a-half- or three-year rotation.

    The Online Environment

    • Online courses at MSU are offered through the Blackboard delivery system. The English department contains a faculty who teach both traditional and online courses. A student enrolled in the in online MA in English program may include some face-to-face classes as they see fit.

    • My experiences at MSU truly changed my life; I was introduced to important and varied concepts and perspectives and surrounded by a caring, encouraging, professional faculty; I was also able to build and sustain professional and personal relationships which enriched and continue to enrich my life in countless ways.

      Jared Salyers, English MA graduate
  10. 10

    University of Houston in Victoria

    Location

    Victoria, TX

    Tuition

    • $4,532 annually-in-state
    • $10,906 annually-out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • SACS/CC

    What to Expect

    • UHV's Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) with a concentration in English combines multiple disciplines into one degree plan tailored to each student's personal career and education goals. Students may choose a second concentration to take alongside their English focus; these include such areas as bioinformatics, communication, digital gaming and publishing.

      • Students applying must have a Graduate Admissions Index of 1400/980 or higher; the index is a custom system designed by Houston-Victoria to evaluate students.

    The Online Environment

    • Using the Blackboard learning management system, students and faculty at UHV are able to access, share and discuss online course materials. Students new to the online learning environment can view an Adobe Presenter presentation that walks them through the user interface and LMS functions. Distance students also have access to online tutoring in writing, computer science and math.

  11. 11

    Tarleton State University

    Location

    Stephenville, TX

    Tuition

    • $3,312 annually-in-state
    • $9,144 annually-out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • SACS/CC

    What to Expect

    • Tarleton State's Master of Arts in English can be taken completely online or split between online and in-person courses. The thesis track is designed for students interested in pursuing a Ph.D., while the non-thesis track is intended for students who want to teach at the secondary level, whether as an adjunct, an instructor at a community college, a junior college or a university. Graduates of this program may also become high school teachers certified to teach dual enrollment courses.

      • The 36 credit hour program is available as either a thesis or non-thesis track.
      • The online program can be completed in as little as 24 months.

    The Online Environment

    • Blackboard Learning Management System is Tarleton's preferred online course delivery format. Tarleton's Professional Educator English Program (PEEPs) is designed especially for Texas teachers who need to be qualified to teach dual credit English courses in their high schools and desire to do so through distance learning.

    • I think I took way more English classes than I needed, but there are just so many good classes in the English department. Mr. Lilly's Photoshop and InDesign classes and things like the short story make English my favorite subject outside of communications. I also never thought it would be possible, but I was able to take a class about comic books with Hank Jones in his literature and film class.

      Lance McFarlin, program graduate
  12. 12

    University of Louisiana at Monroe

    Location

    Monroe, LA

    Tuition

    • $5,046 annually-in-state
    • $15,693 annually-out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • SACS/CC

    What to Expect

    • The flexible course requirements of the Masters of Arts in English allow students to specialize in either literary studies or creative writing. Starting in 2015, many of the eULM courses will be offered in eight-week sessions, as the school has found that two to three courses over an eight-week period is an easier schedule for students to manage when compared to taking four to five courses over 16 weeks. This new course calendar allows students of the online degree programs to complete their courses at an accelerated rate.

      • The program is 33 credit hours in total.
      • Applicants must have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 in upper-division undergraduate English courses or a minimum combined score of 900 on the GRE.
      • A limited number of graduate assistantships are available for MA in English students.

    The Online Environment

    • ULM's online platform incorporates an app called "My Homework Application" which helps students to organize their homework assignments, set alarms and reminders for themselves and color code tasks. The homework app is a free resource for students to use, and it is available for iPhone, Android, Kindle, Windows 8 PC or through the university website. Materials presented in online courses is the same quality as the material in the face-to-face courses, just in an electronic format.

    • Online courses allow non-traditional students more flexibility than taking on-campus classes and provide a quality education without the demand of making major changes to the students' lifestyles.

      Alicia Hodges, a Graduate Assistant and MA in English student
  13. 13

    University of Denver

    Location

    Denver, CO

    Tuition

    • $39,744 annually

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NCACS/THLC

    What to Expect

    • The Master of Liberal Studies in Arts and Culture with a concentration in Creative Writing is available 100% online, entirely on campus or in a blended format of online and evening courses the meet the needs of busy students. Whether students are interested in memoir, poetry, nonfiction or fiction writing, the program enables students to expand their knowledge through intensive writing and revision workshops.

      • GMAT or GRE scores are not required for those applying to the 48 credit, 12 course program; terms are 10 weeks long.
      • To be eligible for financial aid, master's students must be enrolled in a minimum of four credit hours per quarter.

    The Online Environment

    • Online classes are asynchronous and delivered via Canvas, where discussion boards, grades and assignments are accessible, and 24/7 tech assistance is also available for students working online. Students are able to customize their degree plan using the Professional Options Curriculum, an online degree builder tool.

    • The master's degree for me was a way to further my education, both theoretically as well as for personal growth. The online platform was great because it allowed me to do my coursework while I was traveling. I had looked at NFA programs, I had looked other master's programs in arts and culture, but because I was a working artist already, other programs didn't really allow for me to have the freedom to be gone on the road.

      Bobby Lefebre, a 2013 MLS graduate in Art, Literature and Culture
  14. 14

    Northwestern State University of Louisiana

    Location

    Natchitoches, LA

    Tuition

    • $5,388 annually-in-state
    • $15,508 annually-out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • SACS/CC

    What to Expect

    • NSU's online Master of Arts in English is a program where students can select one of five concentrations: writing and linguistics, literature, folklife/southern culture, generalist or teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). A degree completion option is also available.

      • The English master's program is 30 credit hours in total.
      • After coursework, students have the choice to write a thesis or produce two papers and take an additional elective course.
      • Some classes may require students to visit campus or to be proctored at a local university or testing center for midterms and exams.

    The Online Environment

    • The NSU distance delivered courses are taught using Moodle, which provides tools such as narrated Powerpoint lectures, blogs, group projects, discussion boards, webinars and more. Professors are always reachable by email as well. NSU offers prior learning assessment (PLA) that allows students' prior learning or experiences to translate into college credit.

    • All of my instructors realize that the world of non-traditional students is growing more and more. They have accepted me with open arms and have given me help whenever I need it.

      Craig Moran, current student
  15. 15

    Southern New Hampshire University

    Location

    Manchester, NH

    Tuition

    • $22,572 annually

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NEASC/CIHE

    What to Expect

    • Five unique concentrations within SNHU's Master of Arts in English degree program are available entirely online: creative writing; creative writing with a concentration in either fiction, poetry, or screenwriting.

      • GRE and GMAT, and an undergraduate degree in English are not required for admission.
      • Prospective students must submit a bachelor's degree, a statement of purpose and a writing sample.
      • It is possible for students to complete the MA in English degree in as few as 15 months with two classes per term.

    The Online Environment

    • All online Master of Arts degree in English classes are taught by experienced, critically acclaimed, published faculty through SHNU's online course delivery platform, Blackboard. Online students have access to several online resources designed to help them succeed. Whether through digital download or interlibrary loan, online students have access to all periodicals and books available in SNHU's library. They may also receive 24/7 technical support and are able to purchase assigned textbooks through the online bookstore.

    • After searching for months, I found the SNHU communication with professional writing program, and it was everything I was looking for. SNHU's online program is perfect for me. It molds to my busy schedule, and it makes me feel like I can succeed. This is my sophomore year, and I could not be happier, I even decided to start a minor in creative writing. Thanks to SNHU I am sure I will make my dreams come true, and I will make my family proud.

      Jennifer Osorio, student
  16. 16

    New York University

    Location

    New York, NY

    Tuition

    • $35,856 annually

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • MSCHE

    What to Expect

    • NYU's Master of Science in Professional Writing is offered entirely online and involves three semesters of full-time study that will move students swiftly into a new career. The program requires an onsite internship or directed study, a thesis and a portfolio of students' professional work. For students unable to attend an onsite internship, a directed study can be taken at their own workplace, allowing for flexibility and enabling NYU to evaluate these students on an academic level for course credit.

      The integrated program prepares students to work as communication specialists and writers for companies that need expert workers who are adept at using new digital media and information technology.

      • The master's program is 36 credit hours in total.

    The Online Environment

    • New York University developed and uses its own learning management system, "NYU Classes." Though this platform, students can access courses and materials, communicate with classmates and instructors and complete assignments and exams. Classes and peer-groups can meet synchronously using the BigBlueButton meetings tool.

    • What we really have [...] is a very flexible easy to learn online platform that emphasizes collaboration.

      Andrew Spano, Academic Director of the MS in Professional Writing
  17. 17

    Johns Hopkins University

    Location

    Baltimore, MD

    Tuition

    • $45,470 annually

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • MSCHE

    What to Expect

    • A flexible mix of online classes and face-to-face residencies make up the part-time Master of Arts in Science Writing program at Johns Hopkins University. Students will acquire creative writing, communication, journalism and multimedia skills in order to write or edit articles and essays on the health, medicine, nature, science or technology fields. Career and job development are also incorporated.

      • Students are required to be on campus for seven to ten days during their program, but all classes are taken completely online.
      • The program can completed in as few as 18 months, and all graduation requirements should be fulfilled within five years.
      • Grad PLUS Loans and standard federal loans are available to students in the Advanced Academic Programs (AAP).

    The Online Environment

    • Blackboard, Skype, Adobe Connect, Facebook and chat rooms are used to provide students with one-on-one feedback, opportunities to join live discussions, submit assignments and view occasional live events. Although there are due dates for coursework, students can log in to the course management system at their own convenience. AAP courses are taught by highly-accomplished instructors, known for the scholarship and practice of their disciplines.

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    Baptist Bible College & Seminary of Pennsylvania

    Location

    Clarks Summit, PA

    Tuition

    • $6,883 annually

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • ABHE/CA, MSCHE

    What to Expect

    • The Master of Arts in Literature online degree is designed to teach students communication skills through literary analysis in order to think, write and speak articulately and effectively about Christian and non-Christian worldviews.

      The MA is split into required courses and electives; the two required core areas include four courses from Bible Theology & Interpretation and one course from communications. The school is a fully accredited and faith-centered educational institution, committed to providing students with "excellence in biblical higher education for effectiveness in global Christian leadership."

      • The program is 30 credit hours in total.
      • The online courses are offered in eight-week long sessions, and the program can be completed within two years.

    The Online Environment

    • BBC's online course delivery format is Moodle; a training page is provided for students who are unfamiliar with the course management system. An online, accelerated degree program called 2 Steps, which allows students with 60 college credits to complete their degree, is also available.

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    University of Central Florida

    Location

    Orlando, FL

    Tuition

    • $6,916 annually

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • SACS/CC

    What to Expect

    • At UCF, students can pursue an MA in English with a concentration in Technical Communications. In order to graduate, students must take a comprehensive exam that covers topics from four of their core courses. They must also complete one of the following: a thesis, an approved research project or an extra 6000-level technical communications course.

      • The program is 33 credit hours, split into 15 hours of electives and 15 hours of required courses; the last three credits are earned through their final projects.
      • Due to state distance learning authorization regulations, UCF cannot provide online courses to students residing in Maryland and Minnesota.

    The Online Environment

    • UCF's course management system (Webcourses@UCF), student support services and communications via Knights Email are accessed through the MyUCF web portal. Online students are held to the same standards as their on-campus counterparts; they are also given access to the same resources. Distance learners may use the school's library and bookstore; they are eligible for financial aid; and they can rely on the same levels of quality academic advising to help them reach graduation.

    • Being an online student allowed me to be very active in my community, in my schoolwork and also be a good student. Online courses have actually made me feel more of a participant in my courses. When I went to face-to-face courses, I was very quiet. Almost every online course I've had required discussions, required communication group assignments.

      Raquel Velazquez, graduate