Master's in English

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



Students seeking a Master's in English may choose either a 30-hour program that includes a thesis (English 518 Thesis counting for six hours) or a 36-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.

Current Master's in English degree plans

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You do not need to decide right away whether or not you want to pursue the thesis or non-thesis option, but you should decide once you have completed 12 semester credit hours (four classes). Please note that you are automatically signed up for the non-thesis option and have to gain approval to pursue the thesis. Contact to get started with the process.


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 conditions in your catalog. Contact with questions.

dotsComprehensive Exam

The successful completion of the comprehensive exam is required of all students in order to graduate.

The exam as a non-thesis student is completed when you take ENG 595 Research Literature and Techniques, which is one of the last courses you will take in your program. The comprehensive exam will consist of an annotated bibliography with an introduction.

The comprehensive exam as a thesis student is either completed during your first semester of enrollment in ENG 518 Thesis or just before. Your thesis director will instruct you on how to meet this requirement when it's time.

*You will be led through the process as either a thesis or a non-thesis student.



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.


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 (May, August, Winter) 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.

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  • 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 18 hours 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:

  • Nondegree students are not eligible for financial aid
  • International students may not be eligible for nondegree status

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 tuition estimator.

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.

The estimate may not include some fees, such as a $10 one-time Facility Fee (a state tax) and the Distance Education Fee for online courses. The Distance Education Fee is a $50 per credit hour. If a course is 3 hours, as most are, this will add $150 to your cost per online class.



Texas A&M University - Commerce is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Texas A&M University - Commerce.



Texas A&M University-Commerce was recently ranked as the 14th fastest growing university in the United States.

Our lovely campus is located in rural East Texas, only an hour away from the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex (the 4th largest urban conglomeration in the US).