English MA Degree (Online Option)
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Delivery methods: 100% online, 100% on campus, or a combination of both
Tracks: Non-thesis and thesis tracks available
Time to Degree: Can be completed in 2 years
College: Arts and Sciences
Total Program Tuition Cost: Estimated tuition for full-time, in-state on-campus enrollment is $15,660. Tuition varies by delivery method and hours taken per semester. Calculate your estimated tuition with the tuition calculator.
Scholarships/Financial Support Available: Yes
Student Research Opportunities Available: Yes
Test Score Required: No
Additional requirements for applicants with bachelor’s degrees from foreign institutions include Proof of English Proficiency and an International Transcript Evaluation as outlined here.
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.
Additionally, you must submit a 10-15 page writing sample that demonstrates the applicant's capacity to engage in long-form research and writing. The writing sample should identify a research question, cite and engage with research/evidence of a primary or secondary source, and exhibit a familiarity with at least one methodological framework used in the field of English Studies, such as (but not limited to) close-textual analysis of literature, archival research, comparative/translation research, or pedagogical research.
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 15.
- Priority filing for spring semester - Sept. 1.
- Final filing for spring semester - Dec. 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.
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
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