Master of arts University of Missouri-Columbia
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Our English MA program is evolving.

The University of Missouri-Columbia Department of English is reimagining the Master of Arts in English program. This program is currently not accepting applications.


Courses for this program are 100% online: no campus visits are required.

Some online courses are synchronous. This means class lectures occur at certain times of the day/week and require the student to attend via online collaborative tools. Please refer to myzou.missouri.edu for course availability and details — click on "Browse Course Catalog" or "Schedule of Classes" under Guest Access.

Successful completion of the program requires 30 credit hours: one required thesis (3 credit hours) and nine elective courses (27 credit hours) — 15 credit hours at the 7000-level and 12 credit hours at the 8000-level.

Course planner

The chart below shows the courses offered in the program. Courses are 3 credit hours each, unless stated otherwise. The University reserves the right to change or cancel courses as needed.


Students will work independently with an individual adviser to complete their thesis. Thesis details can be found on the Department of English website.

Nondegree-seeking enrollment

Prior to acceptance into the program, you may enroll in up to 12 credit hours as a nondegree-seeking (in some cases, post-baccalaureate) student. Enrollment does not guarantee acceptance. Learn more about nondegree-seeking university student admissions.

State authorization

States require that the University of Missouri-Columbia be authorized to deliver university-level distance/online education to their residents. Each state handles this process differently.

Please see our state authorization page for more information.

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Students residing in all states are eligible to enroll in this program.

Learn more about this program

This program is administered by the Department of English