2020 Most Affordable Master's in English Online

By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020
2020 Most Affordable English Masters Degrees Badge
By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020

The 24 schools in this list represent the most affordable options for obtaining an online master's degree in English. The University of Wyoming, ranked #1, offers an online Master of Arts in English for only $4,185 per year. Fort Hays State University, ranked #2, has an annual tuition rate $4,604 for their Master of Liberal Studies in Literary Arts. Classes for this program include Film and Literature, Literary Visions, Literature and the Environment, Nineteenth Century Women Writers, The British Novel, and The Novella.

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Rank School Annual Tuition
# 1 #1 University of Wyoming $4,185
# 2 #2 Fort Hays State University $4,604
# 3 #3 University of New Orleans $4,938
# 4 #4 Eastern Illinois University $5,210
# 5 #5 Valdosta State University $5,274
# 6 #6 University of North Alabama $6,300
# 7 #7 Minnesota State University at Mankato $6,411
# 8 #8 The University of Texas Permian Basin $6,484
# 9 #9 Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus $6,617
# 10 #10 Texas Tech University $6,785
# 11 #11 Gardner Webb University $7,035
# 12 #12 Tiffin University $7,875
# 13 #13 Indiana University - Bloomington $8,100
# 14 #14 Murray State University $8,160
# 15 #15 Louisiana Tech University $8,418
# 16 #16 University of Louisiana-Monroe $8,500
# 17 #17 Arizona State University $8,512
# 18 #18 University of Nebraska at Kearney $8,892
# 19 #19 Old Dominion University $8,925
# 20 #20 Wayland Baptist University $9,272
# 21 #21 National University $10,166
# 22 #22 Western New Mexico University $10,334
# 23 #23 South Dakota State University $10,440
# 24 #24 Southern New Hampshire University Online $11,286
#1
#1

University of Wyoming

Laramie (WY)
Annual Tuition: $4,185
Annual Tuition: $4,185
Annual Tuition: $4,185
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 56%
  • Acceptance Rate: 97%
  • Average SATs: 1050 -1280
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 930
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 736
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (307) 766-1121

Example Classes: Authors’ Houses: Nodes and Networks, Citizen Hollywood or Theory at the Movies, Sociologies of Print, Histories of Reading, Texts and Textile: Reading Material Culture, The Fiction of Reform

#2
#2
Annual Tuition: $4,604
Annual Tuition: $4,604
Annual Tuition: $4,604
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 98%
  • Graduation Rate: 43%
  • Acceptance Rate: 89%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 8,608
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,404
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (785) 628-4000

Example Classes: Film and Literature, Literary Visions, Literature and the Environment, Nineteenth Century Women Writers, The British Novel, The Novella

#3
#3

University of New Orleans

New Orleans (LA)
Annual Tuition: $4,938
Annual Tuition: $4,938
Annual Tuition: $4,938
  • Online Degrees: 4
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 93%
  • Graduation Rate: 37%
  • Acceptance Rate: 57%
  • Average SATs: 1050 -1260
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 312
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 275
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (888) 514-4275

Example Classes: Advanced Fiction Writing, Colonial & Early National American Literature, Literary Theory, Literature of England in the Later Middle Ages, Premodern Sources of English Literature, Young Adult Literature

#4
#4

Eastern Illinois University

Charleston (IL)
Annual Tuition: $5,210
Annual Tuition: $5,210
Annual Tuition: $5,210
  • Online Degrees: 4
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 92%
  • Graduation Rate: 58%
  • Acceptance Rate: 52%
  • Average SATs: 920 -1110
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 533
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 452
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (217) 581-5000

Example Classes: Composition Theory and Pedagogy, Integrating the English Language Arts, Problems in the Teaching of English, Professional Editing, Studies in Composition and Rhetoric, Studies in Professional Writing

#5
#5
Annual Tuition: $5,274
Annual Tuition: $5,274
Annual Tuition: $5,274
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 90%
  • Graduation Rate: 42%
  • Acceptance Rate: 74%
  • Average SATs: 1000 -1140
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,131
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,871
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (229) 333-5800

Example Classes: American Literature for Language Arts Teachers, Composition Theory for Language Arts Teachers, Creative Writing for Language Arts Teachers, English Language Change Past and Present, History of Rhetorical Theory, Language in School, Community, and Society

#6
#6
Annual Tuition: $6,300
Annual Tuition: $6,300
Annual Tuition: $6,300
  • Online Degrees: 4
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 46%
  • Acceptance Rate: 70%
  • Average SATs: 1010 -1190
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 594
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,023
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (256) 765-4100

Example Classes: Composition Theory, Multimodal Writing, Sociolinguistics, Writing Protest and Dissent

#7
#7
Annual Tuition: $6,411
Annual Tuition: $6,411
Annual Tuition: $6,411
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 89%
  • Graduation Rate: 50%
  • Acceptance Rate: 61%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 654
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 606
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (507) 389-1866

Example Classes: American Literary History and Criticism, Bibliography and Research, Film Theory and Criticism, Seminar: American Literature to 1865, Seminar: Gender in Literature, Topics in Children's and Young Adult Literature

#8
#8
Annual Tuition: $6,484
Annual Tuition: $6,484
Annual Tuition: $6,484
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 91%
  • Graduation Rate: 41%
  • Acceptance Rate: 89%
  • Average SATs: 970 -1130
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,165
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 714
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (432) 552-2020

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

#9
#9
Annual Tuition: $6,617
Annual Tuition: $6,617
Annual Tuition: $6,617
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 98%
  • Graduation Rate: 35%
  • Acceptance Rate: 60%
  • Average SATs: 860 -1070
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,693
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 979
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (575) 562-1011

Example Classes: American Authors/Genres/Themes, Bibliography and Methods, Inventing Realities, Fabricating Truths, Literary Theory, Methods of Teaching Secondary English, Pedagogy of College Writing

#10
#10

Texas Tech University

Lubbock (TX)
Annual Tuition: $6,785
Annual Tuition: $6,785
Annual Tuition: $6,785
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 78%
  • Graduation Rate: 60%
  • Acceptance Rate: 69%
  • Average SATs: 1070 -1240
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,980
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,533
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (806) 742-2011

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

#11
#11

Gardner Webb University

Boiling Springs (NC)
Annual Tuition: $7,035
Annual Tuition: $7,035
Annual Tuition: $7,035
  • Online Degrees: 4
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 53%
  • Acceptance Rate: 53%
  • Average SATs: 970 -1180
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 544
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 557
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (704) 406-2361

Example Classes: African-American Literature, Literary Theory, Mythology, Selected British Writers (non-Shakespearean) - Renaissance Period, Seminar in English Studies, Teaching of Writing

#12
#12

Tiffin University

Tiffin (OH)
Annual Tuition: $7,875
Annual Tuition: $7,875
Annual Tuition: $7,875
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 98%
  • Graduation Rate: 35%
  • Acceptance Rate: 69%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 480
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 742
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (800) 968-6446

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

#13
#13
Annual Tuition: $8,100
Annual Tuition: $8,100
Annual Tuition: $8,100
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 77%
  • Graduation Rate: 78%
  • Acceptance Rate: 76%
  • Average SATs: 1150 -1360
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 99
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,689
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (812) 855-4848

Example Classes: Readings in Narrative Literature from 1800, Research in Aesthetics, Genre, and Form (Pre-1800), Rhetoric and Public Culture, Rhetoric in Contemporary Theory (Post-1800), Teaching of Composition in College

#14
#14
Annual Tuition: $8,160
Annual Tuition: $8,160
Annual Tuition: $8,160
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 55%
  • Acceptance Rate: 87%
  • Average SATs: 1028 -1213
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 622
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 562
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (270) 809-3011

Example Classes: Historical Principles in Composition Theory, Life-Writing, Project Design and Usability, Special Topics in Rhetoric and Composition, Teaching Writing in Schools, Writing Proposals and Grants

#15
#15
Annual Tuition: $8,418
Annual Tuition: $8,418
Annual Tuition: $8,418
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 98%
  • Graduation Rate: 53%
  • Acceptance Rate: 65%
  • Average SATs: 870 -970
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 30
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 241
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (318) 257-2000

Example Classes: American Poetry, Occupational Technical Writing, Shakespeare Seminar, Specification, Bid, Grant, and Proposal Writing, Teaching College Composition

#16
#16
Annual Tuition: $8,500
Annual Tuition: $8,500
Annual Tuition: $8,500
  • Online Degrees: 4
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 44%
  • Acceptance Rate: 75%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 777
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 649
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (318) 342-1000

Example Classes: American Poetry, American Prose, Bibliography, English Literature Before 1800, Fiction Writing Seminar, Practicum in College Composition

#17
#17

Arizona State University

Tempe (AZ) (and 4 others)
Annual Tuition: $8,512
Annual Tuition: $8,512
Annual Tuition: $8,512
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 66%
  • Acceptance Rate: 76%
  • Average SATs: 1091 -1298
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 28,353
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 9,021
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Example Classes: Contemporary Critical Theories, Pedagogy, Research Methods, Theories of Change, Culture and Mind

#18
#18
Annual Tuition: $8,892
Annual Tuition: $8,892
Annual Tuition: $8,892
  • Online Degrees: 10
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 93%
  • Graduation Rate: 58%
  • Acceptance Rate: 82%
  • Average SATs: 935 -1120
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 376
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,621
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (308) 865-8441

Example Classes: Creative Nonfiction, Descriptive Linguistics, Fiction Writing, Language and Composition in the Secondary School, Principles of Literary Criticism, Writing Tutorial

#19
#19
Annual Tuition: $8,925
Annual Tuition: $8,925
Annual Tuition: $8,925
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 93%
  • Graduation Rate: 50%
  • Acceptance Rate: 86%
  • Average SATs: 990 -1200
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 3,736
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,275
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (757) 683-3000

Example Classes: Digital Writing, Management Writing, New Media Theory and Practice, Professional Writing Theories and Practices, Visual Rhetoric and Document Design

#20
#20
Annual Tuition: $9,272
Annual Tuition: $9,272
Annual Tuition: $9,272
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 24%
  • Acceptance Rate: 99%
  • Average SATs: 890 -1090
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 769
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 631
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (806) 291-1000

Example Classes: American Romanticism and Realism, Eighteenth-Century Prose and Poetry, Modern American Literature, Teaching English as a Second Language, The Middle Ages, Young Adult Literature

#21
#21

National University

La Jolla (CA)
Annual Tuition: $10,166
Annual Tuition: $10,166
Annual Tuition: $10,166
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 0%
  • Graduation Rate: 36%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 3,130
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 4,497
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WSCUC
  • Phone #: (800) 628-8648

Example Classes: Composition Pedagogy, Film History: The Silents, History of Rhetoric, Literary Period or Movement I, Major Author Seminar I, Seminar in Poetry

#22
#22
Annual Tuition: $10,334
Annual Tuition: $10,334
Annual Tuition: $10,334
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 26%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 535
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 686
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (505) 538-6336

Example Classes: Feminist Theories of Literature, Greek Tragedy, Psychological Perspectives on Literature, Shakespeare and his Contemporaries, Studies in the Short Story, The Enlightenment

#23
#23
Annual Tuition: $10,440
Annual Tuition: $10,440
Annual Tuition: $10,440
  • Online Degrees: 4
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 92%
  • Graduation Rate: 56%
  • Acceptance Rate: 91%
  • Average SATs: 1010 -1260
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,220
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 350
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (800) 952-3541

Example Classes: Creative Writing: Poetry, Seminar in American Literature Since 1900: The Postmodern Doorstop Novel, Topics: Literature: J. R. R. Tolkien: The Lore of His Rings, Topics: Literature: Teaching Film

#24
#24
Annual Tuition: $11,286
Annual Tuition: $11,286
Annual Tuition: $11,286
  • Online Degrees: 7
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 75%
  • Graduation Rate: 52%
  • Acceptance Rate: 78%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 76,929
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 19,983
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE
  • Phone #: (603) 668-2211

Example Classes: American Modernism, Graduate Seminar in Global Literature, Graduate Studies in Gender and Text, Graduate Studies in Multi-Ethnic Literature, Graduate Studies in Post-Colonial Encounters, Topics in British Literature