English MA Degree (Online Option)

Graduate Admissions


The University of Texas at Tyler
Dept of Literature & Languages
3900 University Boulevard
Tyler, Texas 75799
Phone 903.566.7373

Degree Information:

Graduate Admission Information
The University of Texas at Tyler
Office of Graduate Admissions
Office: STE 345
Phone: 903.566.7457
Fax: 903.566.7492

Program Information

Degree: MA

  • Complete your master's online, face-to-face, or a combination of both.
  • Non-thesis and thesis tracks available.

Hours: 36

College: Arts and Sciences

Admission Requirements

Application Instructions

Total Program Tuition Cost: $15,156 Estimated tuition for full-time, in-state on-campus enrollment. Tuition varies by delivery method and hours taken per semester. Calculate your estimated tuition with the tuition calculator.

Scholarships/Financial Support:  Yes

Student Research:  Yes

Test Score Required: A satisfactory score on the General Test of the Graduate Record Exam. Emphasis will be placed on scores for the Verbal Reasoning and Analytical Writing sections of the test. Provisional admission may be granted without initial submission of a GRE score. However, a GRE score must be submitted by the end of the first long semester. A GRE waiver may be granted for a recent master’s or doctoral degree in a field related to English.

GPA: A minimum grade point average of 3.25 on a 4.0 point scale for at least forty-eight hours of upper-division coursework. A minimum grade point average of 3.50 on a 4.0 point scale on 21 hours of undergraduate English courses including at least 12 hours of upper-division work.

Letters of Recommendation: No

Resume/Curriculum Vitae: No

Admissions Essay: Yes - a Statement of Purpose of maximum 500 words stating the applicant’s reasons for pursuing an English M.A. This essay should be signed, single-spaced, and word-processed

Consideration may be given to one or more of the following factors: the applicant's demonstrated commitment to his or her chosen field of study, socioeconomic background, multilingual proficiency, geographic region of residence, status as a first generation college graduate, and level of responsibility in other matters including extracurricular activities, employment, community service, and family responsibilities.

Conditional admission may be granted if an admission requirement is not met in an otherwise strong application. To be considered for conditional admission a GRE score or a GRE waiver is required.


  • Priority filing for fall semester - May 1.
  • Final filing for fall semester - July 1.
  • Priority filing for spring semester - Sept. 1.
  • Final filing for spring semester - Nov. 1.
  • No summer admissions.

Career Outlook: Teaching on the community college level is one of a number of career paths open to a graduate with a master’s in English. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates that employment opportunities for post-secondary teachers will grow by 19% through 2022. Growth can be traced to an increase in college and university enrollment and to adults returning to college to advance the careers by updating their skills. For more information, visit Occupational Outlook Handbook - Postsecondary Teachers.

Salary Information: See Bureau of Labor Statistics for detailed salary information on these careers. Another great resource is O*Net.

UT Tyler English Graduate Student Research:

  • Witnessing the Loss of Language and Its Rebirth in Doris Lessing's the Golden Notebook, A. S. Byatt's Babel Tower, and Pat Barker's Regeneration
  • The Rage of Achilles: Territoriality as a Defense of the Self in Homer's Iliad
  • A Colloquy of Freaks and Outsiders: Origins of the Southern Grotesque Character in American Short Fiction

Meet a University of Texas at Tyler graduate student.

Deepen Your Study to Broaden Your Career Options

In-depth study in literature, rhetoric/composition and writing are key aspects of earning a master’s degree in English from The University of Texas at Tyler. Completing a graduate program in English can advance your career, prepare you to teach English at the community college level or take the first step toward a doctoral program.

  • Complete your master's entirely online or through a combination of online and in-person courses.
  • Choose to write a thesis or take additional courses to complete your degree.

Some of our MA graduates pursue doctoral studies, while others go on to teach at the junior college level.

Learn more from the Department of Literature and Languages.

Master’s in English: In-depth. Individualized.

  • Be assigned to a pair of professors who will work with you in guided, individualized study in your chosen area of interest.
  • Take advantage of opportunities to teach core-curriculum English courses under mentorship as a graduate teaching assistant.
  • Work in the Writing Centers as writing tutors under supervision.
  • Master advanced research skills that will be an important asset to you in doctoral studies as well as in your future career.
  • Study in small classes that allow you to be mentored by your professors and receive extensive individualized help toward your education goals.

English Faculty: Student-Centered. Well-Rounded.

  • Learn with professors who are published book authors and award-winning scholars who also publish regularly in leading academic journals.
  • Be mentored by professors who provide one-on-one attention to students to achieve their learning and career goals. Benefit from small classes for regular interaction.

Learn more about UT Tyler’s English faculty.

English Courses: In-depth Learning. Research-focused.

Bibliography and Methods of Research – Study bibliographical sources and techniques of literary scholarship.

Studies in Composition – Be introduced to the scholarship in the field of rhetoric/composition and the historical and contemporary movements in composition in preparation for the teaching of composition. Students read articles that represent major theoretical concepts in composition/writing studies, including but not limited to conversations from such fields as rhetoric, English studies, pedagogy, assessment, and new technologies.

Shakespeare – Complete an advanced study of Shakespeare’s poems and plays.

More about the graduate English program of study.

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