2017 Most Affordable Online Colleges for a Master's in English

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These 16 schools offer affordable online master's programs in English, with tuitions ranging from $4,319 at Louisiana Tech University to $17,752 at The University of West Florida. Gardner Webb University, ranked fifth with a $6,435 annual tuition, offers degree concentrations in English education, literature studies, and writing studies. Students interested in creative writing will find four relevant degree options at Southern New Hampshire University Online Grad (#11): fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and screenwriting.

You can read more about our ranked schools below or browse our 2017 rankings of the most affordable online bachelor's in english degrees. View our methodology or learn more about SR Education Group.

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Rank College Annual Tuition
#1 #1 Louisiana Tech University Annual Tuition $4,319
#2 #2 Valdosta State University Annual Tuition $5,274
#3 #3 Texas Tech University Annual Tuition $5,400
#4 #4 The University of Texas of the Permian Basin Annual Tuition $5,729
#5 #5 Gardner Webb University Annual Tuition $6,435
#6 #6 Northwestern State University of Louisiana Annual Tuition $7,125
#7 #7 Tiffin University Annual Tuition $7,500
#8 #8 University of Louisiana-Monroe Annual Tuition $8,075
#9 #9 Ohio University-Main Campus Annual Tuition $8,384
#10 #10 Bowling Green State University-Main Campus Annual Tuition $9,228
#11 #11 Southern New Hampshire University Online Annual Tuition $11,286
#12 #12 Lindenwood University Annual Tuition $12,925
#13 #13 Union Institute & University Annual Tuition $12,942
#14 #14 The University of Texas at Tyler Annual Tuition $13,802
#15 #15 Tarleton State University Annual Tuition $14,687
#16 #16 The University of West Florida Annual Tuition $17,752
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  • Annual Tuition: $4,319
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,689
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Expository Writing; Literature Research and Bibliography; Occupational Technical Writing; Shakespeare Seminar; Specification, Bid, Grant, and Proposal Writing; Teaching College Composition

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  • Annual Tuition: $5,274
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,506
  • Example Classes:
    Approaches to Critical Theory; Approaches to Graduate Study; History of the English Language; Sociolinguistics; Survey of the History of Rhetoric; Workshop in Rhetoric and Composition
  • Annual Tuition: $5,400
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 6,622
  • Example Classes:
    Critical Methods; History and Theories of College Composition; History of the English Language; Old or Middle English; Studies in Linguistics; Writing for Publication
  • Annual Tuition: $5,729
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 844
  • Example Classes:
    American Literature, 1945 to the Present; Literature and Mythology; Literature and Visual Arts; Rhetoric of Religion: “Teaching, not Preaching"; Studies in a Major Author: Shakespeare's Hamlet; Topics in Drama: Melodrama

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,435
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,693
  • Example Classes:
    African-American Literature; Literary Theory; Renaissance Period; Seminar in English Studies; Teaching of Writing
  • Annual Tuition: $7,125
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,120
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Studies in Language and Gender; Digital Culture: Theory and Practice; Ethnographic and Documentary Film Making; Folklore and Film; Literature of the Southern Renaissance; Young Adult Fiction

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,055
  • Example Classes:
    Creative Writing: Performance Writing; Ethnic Voices: Poetry; Poetics of Western Drama; Studies in Genre Fiction; Teaching College English; The Culture and Literature of Modernity

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,075
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,322
  • Example Classes:
    American Poetry; American Prose; Bibliography; English Literature Before 1800; Fiction Writing Seminar; Practicum in College Composition
  • Annual Tuition: $8,384
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 5,644
  • Example Classes:
    American Literature 1865-1918; Creative Writing Workshop; Major Rhetorical Theories and Teaching; Medieval English Literature; Multi-ethnic/Cross Cultural Literature; Renaissance Drama excluding Shakespeare

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,228
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,574
  • Example Classes:
    Ethics in Professional/Technical Writing; Professional/Technical Editing; Seminar in English Studies; Teaching of Literature; Teaching of Writing; Theory and Methods of Literary Criticism
  • Annual Tuition: $12,925
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,335
  • Example Classes:
    Flash Fiction; Focused Scriptwriting Workshop; International Poetry; Magical Realism Literature; Sci-Fi: The New Weird; Sylvia Plath & the Tarot
  • Annual Tuition: $12,942
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 350
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Research Methods; Disciplinary Foundations; Elements of Scholarship; Field of Study

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  • Annual Tuition: $13,802
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,467
  • Example Classes:
    History of the English Language; History, Theory and Practice of Writing Centers; Literary Theory and Criticism; Practicum in Composition Instruction; Studies in Composition; Studies in Technical and Scientific Writing

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  • Annual Tuition: $14,687
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,580
  • Example Classes:
    Digital Humanities; Grant and Proposal Writing; Psycholinguistics; Studies in Modern Fiction; Studies in Rhetoric; Studies in the English Language
  • Annual Tuition: $17,752
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,570
  • Example Classes:
    Feminist Theory; History of the English Language; Old English Language; Topics in World Literature; Workshop in Creative Non-Fiction Writing; Workshop in Teaching Creative Writing
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