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Online MA in English

About the Program

The online MA in English program provides an opportunity for people who are not able to live in Laramie full-time to receive an MA degree through a combination of a summer residency classes and online class sessions throughout the regular school year. The degree proceeds more slowly than the on-campus MA so that students can continue with their regular employment and professional obligations while completing the program.

Courses are offered using video conferencing technology and hybrid instruction, combined with a one-week campus residency each summer. You MUST be able to attend the one-week summer residency in Laramie.

The program will focus on delivering classes with smaller numbers of students to offer more discussion and interaction between students and faculty.

Please inquire with the English department at to see if the Outreach MA program is currently accepting applications.

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Admissions Process

Please contact the English Department before beginning the admissions process to confirm that we are currently accepting applications.
Update: Applications for Summer 2020 admission will be accepted starting June 1, 2019. The application deadline is December 1, 2019.

  • Apply online to UW and pay the $50 graduate application fee.

  • Submit an official copy of your undergraduate transcript. Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded to the online application to use during the application review, but official versions must be on file before you will be fully admitted to the program.

  • Submit three letters of recommendation. Make the request from the online application and your reference will receive an automated email allowing him/her to upload his/her letter. One of the letters of recommendation/supporting letters should be from a professor or university-level instructor.

  • Submit a 500-word statement of purpose, and outline your reasons for wishing to pursue graduate studies in English as well as how your background prepares you to do so.

  • Submit a seven- to 12-page critical writing sample, either a paper you have already written or a response to the provided prompts. This paper should demonstrate your ability to construct a sophisticated argument supported by textual analysis.

The letters of recommendation, unofficial transcripts, statement of purpose and writing sample should be uploaded to the online application prior to the deadline. If you have any questions about the application process, please email

Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited university

  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0

  • Evidence of ability to do graduate-level work in English

  • GRE scores are not required

Tuition & Fees

Entrepreneurial tuition of $279.00 per credit hour + fees, textbooks, and packets

Transfer Credit

The Outreach MA in English program will not accept any transfer credit from outside the institution. On a case-by-case basis, graduate credits earned at the University of Wyoming prior to admission in the program may be used toward the degree.

Career Opportunities

Students who have earned their MA in English have gone on to: complete PhD programs and secure tenure track faculty positions, teach in community colleges, become lawyers, teach high school, become grant writers, work in public relations and marketing, and work in radio, business, and non-profit organizations.

General Program Information


Program Requirements

For an MA degree in English, students will write a master’s thesis under the direction of a faculty adviser once they complete the required coursework, listed below. The program’s curriculum offers a wide range of courses that appeal to a variety of interests, while providing a well-rounded background in English Studies. Classes are taught by award-winning faculty of the Department of English.

2017-2019 Online MA Course Rotation

Summer 2017 (on campus residency June 19-23)

ENGL 5061 - Rhetorical Theory & Criticism - Jason Thompson

An investigation into how rhetorical theory, spanning from its ancient roots in Aristotelian thinking to its current postmodern components, operates in society. Explores how various critical methods can be utilized to gain a stronger understanding of public communication texts, including newspapers, speeches, music and film. After the residency on June 19-23, Jason Thompson's class will meet on Wednesday evenings from 7-10 PM on June 28, July 5, July 12, and July 19.

Fall 2017

ENGL 5000 - Star Wars in Film and Culture - Ryan Croft

This graduate seminar will analyze the Star Wars phenomenon from the viewpoints of literature, history, politics, and religion. Texts will include the movies, comics, various television programs, magazines, and even some recent political cartoons. This course will be especially interesting to graduate students hoping to learn strategies for including Star Wars as a teaching tool in the high school or college classroom. For example, we will see how Jabba the Hutt’s Palace is an Orientalist representation of the Ottoman Empire, or how Cloud City in The Empire Strikes Back is really just a modern version of Dante’s Inferno. And we will find out why Revenge of the Sith is one of the most Miltonic films ever made, useful in teaching students about Paradise Lost.

We will also study the history of Star Wars from George Lucas’s early inspirations and first planning stages to Disney’s recent acquisition of the franchise. Together we will discuss what makes Star Wars so popular both in America and now around the world, in places such as China an Eastern Europe. And we will also discover why Star Wars is increasingly a subject of scholarship in various disciplines—indeed, one of the deepest franchises in terms of literary/film theory and themes. Requirements for this class include access to the movies—a good local library or video service subscription would also be helpful—and a willingness to have fun.

Spring 2018

ENGL 5320 - The Fiction of Reform - Arielle Zibrak

What is the relationship between fiction and social change? How do books create social change and what is at stake when writers take on the role of activist? This course will explore the transatlantic reform movements of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in the context of critical readings on the relationship between aesthetics and politics and conclude with a consideration of modern and contemporary political fiction. Readings including Harriet Beecher Stowe, Charles Dickens, George Gissing, James Weldon Johnson and Gary Shteyngart.

Summer 2018

ENGL 5280 - Authors’ Houses: Nodes and Networks - Caroline McCracken-Flesher

Authors’ afterlives often are negotiated through their houses. Places like Walter Scott’s Abbotsford, Jane Austen’s cottage at Chawton, or Mark Twain’s house in Hartford are nodes for networks of readers and communities of understanding. This class will ground students in the questions and methodologies that illuminate the study of authors’ afterlives, particularly through their houses. The course’s aim is to facilitate students' original research at an opening edge of literary studies. In our colloquium students will (of course) work on primary texts for our main authors, on their critical contexts, and on material culture. They will read primary theories such as Carolyn Steedman’s Dust, and Susan Stewart’s On Longing; they will study secondary iterations such as Nicola Watson’s The Literary Tourist and Paul Westover’s Necromanticism. Our primary case will be Walter Scott’s Abbotsford, which helped to establish the discourse of literary tourism, and which offers opportunities for original student work, as well as for student travel. We will also study sites and materials identified by students as cruxes for new and networked analysis. Statewide opportunities include Hemingway’s Speer-o-wigwam, and even Buffalo Bill’s Cody, but might include the home of a current regional author.

Given the nature of the materials, the need for field-trips during the time in Laramie, and the fact that output will include students’ own engagement with authors’ houses, our schedule includes a video meeting BEFORE the campus week, then class picking up after the campus residency in later July, when students have had time to process. The online week that follows campus work accommodates for the fact that students will be pursuing projects. Then there are two more classes to consolidate research and to present it.

Monday June 4 7-10 p.m. video (3 hours)

Monday 17th-Friday 22nd June, Campus residence (arrive on Sunday 16 for social events)

Monday July 2, course will operate online (podcasts; discussion threads; research consultations)

Monday July 23, 7-10 p.m. video

Monday July 30, 7-10 p.m. video (final conference)

Fall 2018

ENGL 5530 - Citizen Hollywood or Theory at the Movies - Susan Aronstein

In this class, we will study a range of theoretical thinkers (Mulvey, Adorno, Zizek, among many others) whose ideas have shaped the ways in which we talk about all kinds of texts, from traditional literary works to popular culture. And, since it is hard to think about theory in a vacuum, we will "go to the movies" analyzing key Hollywood films from the 1920s to the present and exploring the ways in which Hollywood cinema has historically participated in the construction of America and the citizens who inhabit it.

Spring 2019

ENGL 5000 - Texts and Textile: Reading Material Culture - Susan Frye

In cultures around the world, there exists an implicit connection between texts and textiles, between telling stories and weaving cloth. In English, texts and textiles are connected through an underlying philology: the words “text” and “textile” derive from the Latin texere, to weave, so that texts are very much “that which is woven.” From the perspective of women as producers and men as consumers, quilting, embroidery, and the knots and patterns of sewing, weaving, and knitting place us within narratives of fertility and continuity. The intersection of the written and visual arts in the twentieth and twenty-first century continue these material connections. This class will begin with classical myths of weaving and story-telling, move to political connections between early modern needlework and women’s writing, and continue into the twenty and twenty-first century with the study of the America quilt. We will study women as sewers and weavers during the industrial revolution and the subsequent labor movement in America. We will visit and write about virtual museums to view quilts, weaving, and fashion, invite guests with textile expertise, and discuss the implications of the issues surrounding women’s self-expression and women’s work. In addition to the textiles themselves, course materials will include films and TV featuring the interconnection of texts and textiles, secondary works about material culture, cloth, and everyday practice in both western and non-western cultures. Readings will include Alice Walker, Gertrude Stein, Judy Chicago, Lisa Lou, Louisa May Alcott, and Cynthia Ozik.

Summer 2019

ENGL 5270 - Sociologies of Print, Histories of Reading - Michael Edson

Many of the books you have encountered as students and teachers have been dismembered, disfigured, or defaced by editing and anthologization. Titles have been clipped or changed, footnotes added or dropped, fonts regularized, chapters omitted, illustrations cut or replaced, and margins compressed. Poems once circulated in manuscript are now distributed in print. Novels once issued in installments now appear as single volumes. Books once read aloud to large audiences are now read silently and in isolation. This course considers 1) how the material features of books both reflect and determine their uses at various times and 2) how the changing format of books over time both registers and influences larger cultural attitudes about authorship, canonization, reading practice, and the institutional contexts of literary production and interpretation. We will also consider the rise of copyright and the history of plagiarism and piracy. A variety of readings from media studies, history of reading, and sociology of the text (Darnton, Chartier, Jauss, Bourdieu, Genette, and McKenzie) will be paired with case studies drawn from writings by English and American authors and publishers active circa 1660 to 1830.

Fall 2019

ENGL 5960 - Graduate Thesis Research - Julia Obert
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