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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 deadline extended to January 1, 2020.

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

  • Submit a resume or CV listing all relevant education, work, and volunteer experience.

  • 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 recieve 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 backgroud prepares you to do so.

  • Submit a seven to twelve page critical writing sample.  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 (PDF) 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.

Research and Travel Support

We encourage students to participate in conferences and research experiences and will provide funding for these endeavors whenever possible. Funding requests must be submitted to the Director of Graduate Studies at the start of the fall semester, or at least six months before the date of planned travel. 

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 2019

ENGL 5270 - Satire, Memory, Affect - Michael Edson

Satire has also long been understood as reformist or didactic, as a mode teaching people lessons or improving society by raising laughs at corruption, injustice, and hypocrisy. The outpouring of progressive satire in the age of Trump would seem to confirm this. But satire also involves gossiping and shaming. Over its history, satire has attacked the weak more than it has mocked the bad or powerful. Does satire teach? If not, then what does it do? 

This course bridges two time periods—the eighteenth century and today—to theorize satire’s social function. While many college courses devoted to satire stick to the party line endorsed by satirists themselves—that satire improves society by exposing and mocking deceit and corruption—this course argues for the darker side of satire, irony, and parody: their tendency to be taken seriously; their penchant for shaming and othering; their habit of inflaming partisanship and tribalism. In addition, the course makes a case for satire as a database before the database, as a record of (pop) culture that doesn’t enter official history. Students will test these claims. After reading some “classics” of satire—Pope, Swift, Defoe—and some neglected satires by Jane Collier and Anne Hamilton—we will jump to the present. Students will pick assignments and lead discussions of satire in film and media in 2019.

Fall 2019

ENGL 5960 - Graduate Thesis Research - Julia Obert

Designed for students who are involved in research for their thesis project. Also used for students whose coursework is complete and are writing their thesis. Prerequisites: enrollment in a graduate degree program.

2020-2023 Online MA Course Rotation

This list is subject to change depending on faculty availability.

Summer 2020

ENGL 5010 - Rhetoric & Composition History, Theory, & Practice--or Integrated Language Arts Meets Process Pedagogy - Kelly Kinney

This special section of English 5010 is designed specifically for new students in the MA cohort. In addition to examining the topics described below, the course will also serve as an introduction to the online graduate program in English at UW.

Throughout the course, students read and write about language arts and writing instruction, exploring the history behind best practices as well as the controversies in the profession. Reading a wide range of pedagogical theories, students write reflections on controversial issues in the field, including topics such as second language immersion; Black English; AP, IB, and concurrent enrollment programs; the place of grammar instruction in the classroom; and related professional position statements. Applying what they have learned, students develop a four-week unit of writing instruction for a course level of their choosing, including daily lesson plans, formal writing assignments, peer review activities, and an evaluation rubric: students will share the materials they develop in a formal presentation to the class. Finally, students will learn how to write a publication-ready book review of a scholarly monograph of interest to them in rhetoric, composition, and writing studies.

Fall 2020

ENGL 5000 - Transmedia Storytelling - Susan Aronstein

In this class we will bring an interdisciplinary approach to the question of how artists, narratives, and genres achieve cultural sustainability.  In other words, how do stories attract new audiences to remain relevant over time? We will frame our answer to this question with theories drawn from literary, cultural, rhetorical and consumer culture studies, looking at the ways in which texts move from one media to another (for instance, novel, to play, to film, to video game) to adapt over time, as well as at the marketing machinery and consumption patterns that make such adaptation possible.  As a class, we will decide on two “test cases" (possibilities: Shakespeare, King Arthur, Jane Austen, Oz, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Game of Thrones, Dickens--the list could go on) to work through together and then we will end with a series of student-designed and led classes covering other authors and narratives.

Spring 2021

ENGL 5310 - 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 Herriet Beecher Stowe, Charles Dickens, George Gissing, James Weldon Johnson and Gary Shteyngart.

Summer 2021

ENGL 5270 - Poetry as Archive/Database - Michael Edson

Fall 2021

ENGL 5230 - Drama in English - Susan Frye

Spring 2022

ENGL 5061 - Rhetorical Genre Studies - Rick Fisher

You may think you already know something about literary genres, but what do you know about genres related to lab sciences, medical diagnosis, carpentry, and other such activities? This course introduces the field of Rhetorical Genre Studies, alongside related topics including systemic functional linguistics, academic literacies, and genre-based pedagogies. Students will leave with a knowledge of key concepts and frameworks (e.g., uptake, recurrence, genre ecologies) and will engage in a genre-based analysis of their independent or collaborative design. This course will also seek to challenge students' notions of the relationships among composition, literature, and literacy.

Summer 2022

ENGL 5000 - Author's Houses - Caroline McCraken-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.

Fall 2022

ENGL 5960 - Thesis Research I - Susan Aronstein

Spring 2023

ENGL 5965 - Thesis Research II - Susan Frye

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