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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. The online MA degree has a thesis and non-thesis option to help students customize their educational experience.

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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2021-2024 Online MA Course Rotation

Proposed 2021-2024 Online MA Course Rotation

Summer 21

Kelly Kinney

ENGL 5010

Rhetoric & Composition History, Theory, & Practice

Fall 21

Susan Frye

ENGL 5230

Shakespeare Then and Now

Spring 22

Jason Thompson

ENGL 5061

Classical Rhetoric and Pedagogy

Summer 22

Michael Edson

ENGL 5270

Histories of Reading

Fall 22

Julia Obert

ENGL 5350

Postcolonialist Literature and Theory

Spring 23

Jim Creel

ENGL 5890

Studies in Film

Summer 23

Caroline McCracken-Flesher

ENGL 5000

Author's Houses

Fall 23

Michael Edson

ENGL 5965

Thesis Research I

Fall 23

Michael Edson

ENGL 5270

Eighteenth-Century Novel

Spring 24

Michael Edson

ENGL 5965

Thesis Research II

Spring 24

Michael Edson


ENGL coursework


Admissions Process

Please contact the English Department before beginning the admissions process to confirm that we are currently accepting applications.

Update: Applications for Summer 2021 admission deadline February 1, 2021.

  • 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 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 10-15 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 $290.00 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, all students will complete 28 hours of coursework. Those students who take the thesis option will write a master’s thesis under the direction of a faculty adviser during their final two semesters, enrolling in Thesis I (5960) and Thesis II (5965) for 8 additional credits. Students who decline the thesis option will take two additional courses over the final two semesters for 8 additional credits. 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.

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 5890 - Consumption, Markets, and Culture - Kent Drummond

This course will introduce you to the fruitful intersection of consumption, markets, and culture. At this nexus, producers and consumers meet for an exchange. But they also meet for an experience. And that will be the focus for our class.

Central to our understanding of experience is Pine and Gilmore’s The Experience Economy, which shocked the business world when it was originally published in 1999. Why did it cause such a stir? Because Pine and Gilmore urged managers to forget about price (and with it, commoditization) and focus instead on the experience consumers would have as they encountered a given product or service. If the experience were valuable enough, the authors posited, prices and profits would take care of themselves. Their work, based on a theatre metaphor, was replete with real-world examples, from Disneyland to British Airways, from Nordstrom to the Geek Squad.

In a similar vein, this class will study the ways in which cultural venues—performance events, museums, tourist sites, Vegas hotels and theme parks—curate and market stories, history and the arts to offer consumers an experience that keeps them coming back, and through these consumers attracts new markets.  In addition to Pine and Gilmore, we will read essays on tourism, consumer culture theory, and business school case studies. We will also conduct field research at various sites in the area.

Summer 2021

ENGL 5270 - Histories of Reading - Michael Edson

As book historian Robert Darnton observes, “reading remains the most difficult stage to study in the circuit that books follow." Literary criticism often assumes that audiences present and past processed books like scholars do today: they read closely, they read silently, and, most basically, they read them. Until recently, less attention has been paid to how interactions with reading matter (books, newspapers, blogs, etc.) differ along the lines of gender, class, religion, location. This course is a graduate introduction to the theories and methodologies associated with the disciplines seeking to understand these interactions: reading studies and histories of reading, which in turn overlap with other fields such as media studies, social history, and reader-response criticism. This course will consider reading as social practice, including all the ways books have and continue to be used in ways that have little to do with reading. We will also discuss the possibilities and limitations of the various evidences available to theorists and historians of reading: marginalia and reader marks; diaries; scrapbooks/commonplace books; educational guides and curricula; reviews; transcripts from book clubs and classrooms; and eye-tracking studies. We will discuss case studies of reading practice from the 16th to the 20th century. There will be hands-on library and archival trips/assignments. For the final project, students are encouraged to apply methods learned in this course to their own topics or fields.

Fall 2021

ENGL 5600 - 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.

Spring 2022

ENGL 5320 - American Women Writers - Arielle Zibrak

In January of 1855, Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote from England to his publisher, “America is now given over to a d--ed mob of scribbling women, and I should have no chance of success while the public taste is occupied with their trash.” The “trash” Hawthorne rejected was some of the best-selling and most beloved fiction of the nineteenth century— writers like E.D.E.N. Southworth and Fanny Fern. In this class, we will read works by these writers and other “scribbling women” alongside history of the period and the first wave of what was then called the Woman Movement as well as literary criticism and feminist theory. In our readings, we will consider the relationship between the rise of female professional authorship alongside changing beliefs about the role of women in American culture.

Summer 2022

ENGL 5000 - Author's Houses - 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.

Fall 2022

ENGL 5960 - Thesis Research I - Susan Aronstein

TBA non-thesis ENGL coursework

Spring 2023

ENGL 5965 - Thesis Research II - Susan Frye

TBA non-thesis ENGL coursework

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