Degree: Master of Arts
Program: English
Emphasis: Writing
Degree Level: Graduate
Credit Hours: 36 credit hours
Delivery Format: Online
Prerequisites: Bachelor's Degree is required with at least 18 hours of English 

The online Master of Arts in English program currently features a Writing Emphasis and is designed for students wishing to pursue an advanced degree in writing as well as teachers and students seeking further professional or personal development. Only the non-thesis option is available in the Writing Emphasis. A focused professional program for those interested in Writing, the English master’s degree with the Writing Emphasis can launch a potential career in a number of promising directions. 

*Beginning in Fall 2020, select one of the following focus areas:

  • Literature - explore written and aural works that are considered to be of artistic or popular merit across a range of cultures, regions, and contexts. Students will take a rigorous approach to close readings and analyses of literary texts, while also engaging with the literary and cultural criticism of others, to develop and sustain compelling and original pieces of literary scholarship.
  • Creative Writing - focus on the experiential practice of writing through the creation of original poems, stories, creative nonfiction essays, etc. Creative writing courses encourage students in processes of brainstorming, drafting, critiquing, and revising.
  • Childhood and Youth Studies - explore literary texts and visual/other media written or produced for or aimed at children and youth (including adolescents and up through early adulthood). The cultural contexts surrounding considerations and views of children, youth, childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood from both contemporary and historical perspectives will also be examined.
  • Composition, Rhetoric, and Language - combine the study of rhetoric (commonly defined as the study of persuasion), composition (the study of writing and text creation), and English language studies (including linguistic theory, the history of the English language, and the social functions and contexts of language use). Explore theories of classical and contemporary rhetoric, academic writing pedagogy, the evolution and structure of our language, and other related topics.


*This program will also feature an optional thesis beginning in Fall 2020. 

Required and Elective Courses
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Program Overview
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How do I get started? 

1. Request information about the program to learn more.

2. Apply to the program.

3. Contact UNK Online with any questions:

University of Nebraska at Kearney - Online
Phone: 308-865-8800
Email: unkonline@unk.edu 


*Fall 2020 Focus Areas and Optional Thesis are Subject to Change