Master's in English

100% Online, Dual-Modaility, or Face-to-Face



Students seeking a Master's degree in English may choose either a thirty-semester-hour program that includes a thesis (English 518 counting for six hours) or a thirty-six-hour program that includes an independent research project (English 595 counting for three hours). Both programs of study lead to an M.A. degree for students who demonstrate foreign language proficiency or to an M.S. degree for students without foreign language.

All master's students should consult with the Director of English Graduate Studies about which program would be the most relevant to their future plans. Most of the coursework for both thirty and thirty-six hour programs is elective, but students will want to select courses that reflect their interests and future needs and that will prepare them to write a final project (English 595 paper or English 518 thesis). Final projects may be written on literature, composition, linguistics, children's literature, or some combination thereof. With agreement of the student's committee, the project may focus on Creative Writing by student.

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Masters in English Requirements:
Program 30 Hour Option 36 Hour Option
18 hours in English
(Including Eng 599)
24 hours in English
Minor: 12 of the 30 hours can be outside of English 12 of the 36 hours can be outside of English
Final Project:
6 hours of 518 Thesis 
(Included in total 30 hours)
3 hours of 595 Paper 
(Included in total 36 hours)
Written and oral proposal of Thesis and Final Defense Written and oral proposal of 595 paper
*Foreign Language

Any ONE of the following:

- 2 years of the same language in college
- Departmental Language Exam
- 50th percentile on GSFLT
- 6 hours of Graduate Level coursework


You do not need to decide right away whether or not you want to pursue the thesis or non-thesis option. You can make that decision after starting the program and working with your Faculty Advisor. Generally speaking, a thesis is preferred if you intend to pursue a Ph.D., but this is not always the case.


The MA (Master of Arts) and the MS (Master of Science) differ in a foreign language requirement. To pursue an MA, you need to meet one of the following conditions:

1) Successful Completion of 12 undergraduate semester credit hours (approximately four courses) of a foreign language.

2) Completion of 6 graduate semester credit hours (approximately two courses) of a foreign language.

3) Demonstrate through a proficiency test in a foreign language. Contact the Department of Literature and Languages.

4) Completion of 3 semester hours above elementary courses if the student presents 3 or 4 years of high school credit. Contact with questions.

5) American Sign Language (ASL) is considered an acceptable foreign language. Students should consult with departmental Director of Graduate School regarding this requirement. Contact with questions.



The Master’s in English can be completed 100% online, face-to-face, or even in a mixture of both modalities. Choose a schedule that works for you! You can change your modality each semester if you’d like.


  • Live or work abroad while in the program
  • Asynchronous classes, work at your own pace each week
  • The program can be completed 100% online, no residency required
  • No visa, no problem! Study online in your home country without needing a visa.*


  • Suggested modality for those interested in thesis work.
  • Consider employment in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area or graduate assistantships on our main campus in Commerce, TX
  • Face-to-face courses are available in Commerce, TX. Our face-to-face courses typically meet one day a week in the evenings during the Monday-Thursday timeframe. Saturday courses are also occasionally available.


Our online courses are asynchronous, meaning you attend class when you have time each week. Do not worry about logging on to your class at a particular time. Your professor provides a lecture at the beginning of each week, and you have all week to tend to the lesson.


In our traditional online courses, your professor provides a written lecture/assignment at the beginning of each week. Students may be expected to submit assignments, take tests, and post weekly on the discussion boards. We also offer dual-modality courses. A dual-modality course means that we have a face-to-face section of a course running simultaneously with an online section. Our face-to-face section is filmed and the online student is provided a link to access the lecture after the face-to-face class has met.


Fall and Spring - Our fall and spring semesters are 16 weeks long. Occasionally we offer flex-term courses in the fall and spring semesters that start four weeks later than the usual 16-week start date. Flex-term courses are 12 weeks long.

Summer - Summer is split into two terms, Summer I and Summer II, each five weeks long. On occasion we are offer ten-week courses that run the duration of Summer I and Summer II.

Minis - On occasion, we offer mini-terms (August, May, and December) that are three weeks long.



As a prospective graduate student, it is important to identify faculty that you are excited to work with and study under. Visit to access CVs and learn more about each of our renowned, nationally acclaimed faculty.



PRINTABLE APPLICATION CHECKLIST - Providing you step-by-step instructions on the application process.

Questions about admissions? Contact


  • Application
  • Application Fee $50 domestic/$75 international
  • Official Bachelor’s Transcripts
  • One Letter of Recommendation
  • Statement of Goals
  • Writing Sample
  • GRE – Requirement may be waived*
  • Additional items required for international students

We do not have an application deadline. Students may start the program in the fall, spring, or summer.


Not sure about pursuing the full Master's in English? No problem. You can pursue your 18sch as a "nondegree" student without having to pursue a full graduate degree.

NONDEGREE PRINTABLE APPLICATION CHECKLIST - Providing you step-by-step instructions on the application process.

Points to keep in mind:

If you change your mind later and would like to pursue the full Master's in English, only four courses (12 credit hours) of your "nondegree" coursework can be transferred into the program later. Be sure to apply for the  Master's in English before you complete your fourth course (12th credit hour) as a "nondegree" student.

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Check out our current 2018-2019 tuition and fees rates.

If you are a Texas resident, be sure to look at the base tuition column.

The chart estimates cost based on credit hour enrollment per semester and should only be regarded as an estimate.

The average graduate student pursues 6sch (approximately two courses) each semester. Students can pursue one course or even three courses a semester, but students interested in more than three courses a semester should consult with their academic advisor beforehand.

This chart may not include several fees, such as a $10 semesterly Facility Fee (a state tax) and the Distance Education Fee for online courses. The Distance Education Fee is a $50 per credit hour fee applied to each online course. If that course is 3sch, as most are, it would be a $150 Distance Education Fee.

  • Financial aid is available. At the graduate level, this primarily means student loans. Government grants (e.g. pell grants) are likely only available to undergraduate students.
    • Complete the FAFSA
    • Submit the FAFSA to our University using code 003565
  • Payment/Installment Plans are available in the fall and spring terms. Your balance will be split into four equal payments each term.
  • Students paying their balance with an international bank account can make payments through Flywire
  • Veterans and Military Services benefits
  • Graduate Assistantships may be available for those that can work/teach/study face-to-face in Commerce, TX.
  • Tuition and Leo Personal Loans - If the semester is approaching and you are still awaiting your financial aid, a tuition loan can help cover your balance while you wait for your financial aid to be disburse.
  • Be proactive on scholarship opportunities. In general, the scholarship portal is open six months prior to the fall terms. Between January and April (the spring term), scholarships are open for the next upcoming academic year with varying deadlines within that time frame. To be eligible to apply for scholarships, please work to be admitted to your desired graduate program before the scholarship cycle opens in the spring.


Texas A&M University-Commerce is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), one of the six regional accreditation organizations recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.



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