MA in English (online programs)

The MA in English online programs function as professional or self-designed MA in English degrees. These degrees are primarily for students who intend the MA to be the terminal degree in preparation for a career such as high school or middle school English teaching, two-year college teaching, freelance or professional writing, or editing and publishing. Three tracks of the MA in English are available fully online.

MA in English, specialization in English Teaching

For those involved in or preparing for high school English teaching, middle school English teaching, AP teaching, two-year college teaching, or dual-enrollment programs (such as Ohio's College Credit Plus program, among others).

Learn More about the MA in English Teaching

MA in English, specialization in Professional Writing and Rhetoric

For those interested in professional/technical writing careers in business and industry, or those interested in teaching professional writing and rhetoric at two-year colleges.

Learn More about the MA in Professional Writing and Rhetoric

MA in English, Individualized Track

A flexible, student-organized degree track for those interested in a general Master of Arts in English.

Learn More about the Individualized MA in English

Course Rotation Learn more about the course rotation for the online MA programs.

Features of our MA in English online programs:

  • Earn your entire degree online in a program designed to be taught and learned online.
  • Specialize in your areas of interest with faculty who are expert teachers and experts in their fields.
  • Our programs are perfect for distance learners from anywhere on the globe. (For local students, some courses can be taken face-to-face if the student chooses.)
  • Move at your own pace through your degree program; most students take one or two courses per semester, but up to three per semester is manageable.
  • Learn during your available time; courses don’t meet at a specific time of day or on specific days during the week, so they're perfect for those currently working or with otherwise busy schedules.


The Department also offers graduate certificate programs in College Writing: Theory and Practice (online), Technical Writing (online), and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (offered face-to-face),  A student can earn such a certificate alongside the MA degree.

For students interested in an MA degree with a thesis project, see the MA in Literary and Textual Studies, a face-to-face degree program designed for those interested in literary and textual studies, teaching, possible PhD programs, digital humanities, etc.

Martha Stai

Student Spotlight: Martha Stai, MA in English, Teaching Specialization

Tell us a little about yourself! Why did you choose this program/specialization?

It has always been a dream of mine to receive a master’s degree. After scouring the internet for an online program that focused on English but gave tips and tricks for how to better incorporate literature into the classroom, I finally landed upon the program at BGSU. It was love at first sight! I want to be able to heighten my knowledge of writing and literature so that I can be the best teacher for my students.

What do you like most about your program and coursework at BGSU?

I really do love the fact that I get to take classes that focus on really interesting topics-- Victorian femme fatales, The Handmaid’s Tale, grammar, to name a few-- and learn how to best incorporate those skills into my classroom. Plus, I have had the great privilege of working with wonderful classmates who challenge and inspire me.

What are your plans for the future? How do you believe your program will help you reach these goals?

I have dreams of one day teaching at the collegiate level, but for the time being, I will continue to use the knowledge and skills that I have gained at BGSU to make my classroom a more challenging, invigorating environment.

Read our past Student Spotlights!

For more information on any of the online and blended MA in English programs, please contact:

Kimberly Spallinger, Associate Chair and Graduate Coordinator
419 372 8145

Jeanne R. Berry, Graduate Secretary
419 372 6864

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