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MA in English

National University
Program overview
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
San Diego
July 2021

San Diego
November 2021

San Diego
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Program description

MA in English

Engage in the study of language and literature with a Master of Arts 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 small and 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.

Admission requirements

  • All entering undergraduate students without prior college level English and/or Math courses must take the ACCUPLACER mathematics and English evaluation as part of the admissions process. The results of the evaluation are printed immediately and a copy is provided to the student. Read more about Placement by Evaluation. The ACCUPLACER may be taken once at no charge. Subsequent examinations can be repeated after 14 days for a $5 fee. Applicants who have not earned an Associate’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or who have completed fewer than 90 quarter (60 semester) units of transferable college credit must have graduated from high school, passed a high school level proficiency test or received a Certificate of Proficiency from a state Department of Education.
  • Applicants who are considered first time students based on the criteria below must attend an orientation course through WES Training and Development prior to enrolling.
    • Never attended a college or university
    • Education experience is limited to:
      • Competency based education
      • College level courses completed during high school
      • Advanced Placement (AP) credit
      • Military service or training
      • Prior learning credit (CLEP, Dantes, Excelsior, portfolio assessment, etc.)
  • High school graduates transferring from regionally accredited colleges and universities are admitted as degree students if their cumulative GPA is 2.0 or higher. Applicants with a GPA below 2.0 may be admitted on probationary admission if the Committee on the Application of Standards (Committee) judges that there is sufficient evidence of potential to complete college studies. Applicants below a 2.0 may submit a petition letter to their advisor for review by the Committee.
  • Individual degree programs may have additional admission requirements.
  • Complete an application for admission and enrollment agreement.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Core Requirements

  • Intro to Grad English Studies
  • Seminar in Literary Theory
  • Literary Period or Movement I
  • Literary Period or Movement II
  • Seminar in a Theme I
  • Seminar in a Theme II

Specialization in Rhetoric

  • History of Rhetoric
  • Modern Rhetoric
  • Composition Pedagogy
  • Film Genre Studies
  • Seminar in a Theme I
  • Major Author Seminar II
  • English Capstone Course
  • Capstone Project in Rhetoric
  • Topic: Pictures that Speak

Specialization in Gothic Studies

  • Literary Period or Movement I: Dark Romanticism
  • Literary Period or Movement II: American Gothic
  • Seminar in Poetry: Graveyard Poetry
  • Film Genre Studies: Horror Films
  • Seminar in a Theme I: Vampires Gothic Literature
  • Seminar in a Theme II: Gothic Prisons/Romantic Spaces Female Gothic
  • Major Author Seminar I: Ann Radcliffe
  • Major Author Seminar II: E. A. Poe

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery

On Campus or Online

Study when and where it’s convenient for you with evening, weekend, and 100% online classes.

Tuition fees

Please visit the university website for more information about tuition fees.


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 discussion, both oral and written, 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.

Career opportunities

Entry Level Positions

  • Public relations assistant
  • Teacher
  • Management trainee
  • Mass media assistant
  • Publishing assistant
  • Editorial assistant

Further Education/Experience Required

  • Technical writer
  • Journalist/research journalist
  • Copy writer/editor
  • Public Relations/marketing Specialist
  • Public information specialist/reporter
  • Community college/university professor

Employers of English Majors

  • Magazines and newspapers
  • Telecommunications
  • Book publishers
  • Colleges/universities
  • Public relation/marketing firms
  • Radio/TV stations
  • Consulting firms
  • Business and industry

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About this institute

National University

Since 1971, National University (NU) has been dedicated to meeting the needs of our students by providing accessible, affordable, and achievable higher education opportunities. Since its founding, the NU community has grown to 25,000 students (400 international students from over...

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92123 San Diego California
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