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ODU's Online MA in English program prepares students for further graduate study in English, for professional writing and editing careers, for teaching in secondary schools and colleges, and more.

Learning Outcomes


Students in the Master of Arts in English program will: 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of literary terms, major periods, authors, genres, and theories.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of “best practices” regarding research, writing, teaching, and the academic profession of literary studies.
Students in the Master of Arts in English program will:
  • Develop complex reading, writing, and research skills.
  • Demonstrate argumentative skills which enable students to defend interpretations and research practices by using textual material, secondary sources, and literary theory.
    Develop electronic media skills.
  • Be able to participate in the profession of literary studies through conferences, publications, and memberships in learned societies.
Students in the Master of Arts in English program will:
  • Demonstrate an appreciation for both canonical and non-canonical works.
  • Demonstrate an appreciation for literary theory.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of and appreciation for the academic literary profession. 

Career Opportunities

Graduates of ODU's Master of Arts in English are prepared to:
  • Teach college-level English courses for high school dual enrollment credit.
  • Teach as adjunct faculty at colleges and universities.
  • Be a professional writer and editor in a variety of fields - journalism, marketing and public relations, government agencies, non-profit organizations and more.
  • Work in other professions requiring analytical, literary, linguistic, or writing skills.
  • Continue into a Ph.D. program.