Graduate Certificate in English

The 18-hour Graduate Certificate in English trains students in the history and analysis of literature and the English language as well as writing and research skills.  Through this certificate, you will:

  • Deepen your knowledge of the English language and literature across historical periods and cultures
  • Learn and apply a variety of critical methods for interpreting literature
  • Practice creative and expository writing at the graduate level
  • Acquire advanced research skills through structured assignments and feedback from experienced doctoral faculty
  • Research and design educational content appropriate for college-level English courses

Students may pursue the certificate by itself or they may use it as a stepping stone to our online MA in English. (Certificate earners who decide to pursue an MA must apply for admission to the MA program, and if accepted, can use all graduate credits in English previously earned towards fulfilling the requirements of the MA.) Master's students in Education, earning the M. ED in Learning, Teaching, and Curriculum with a specialization in English Education, may also apply up to 12 credits from certificate-earning courses to their M. ED. degree.

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Minimum credit hours needed: 18

Certificate-earner can take any English courses at the 7000 level or 8000 level by instructor approval, up to 18 credits; offerings may vary from year to year.

Certificate Admission Information

Applicants must meet the minimum admissions requirements for the University of Missouri Graduate School:

New post-baccalaureate applicants wishing to pursue a stand-alone certificate should complete the Graduate School’s online application for admission.

Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and students may enroll in courses up to the beginning of each term as long as seats remain. Application process may take up to two weeks, so apply as soon as possible before the beginning of each term (fall, spring, and summer). See Academic Calendar for exact dates, which vary each year.


For the 2020-21 academic year, distance graduate students pay $394.90 per credit hour (= $1184.70 per 3-credit course) plus a technology fee of $14.35 per credit hour (see Cashier's office webpage for more information)

Financial Aid

Students only enrolled in stand-alone graduate certificates are potentially eligible for federal financial aid, but not for MU scholarships, fellowships, assistantships, or tuition waivers. See the MU Student Financial Aid Office for eligibility requirements


For a list of online asynchronous graduate courses in English to be offered during the next academic year, see our Online English Graduate Courses. These courses are offered on a rotating basis so that students can complete 18 credits in twelve months when taking two courses per semester.

Additional courses may be located by searching for 100% e-learning English courses in Myzou. Synchronous courses are listed with meeting times.


Contact Mizzou Online with other questions about application, tuition, technology, or how to enroll

Contact online program director Frances Dickey with questions about course content, faculty, preparation, and other aspects of curriculum


John Evelev, Online Graduate Certificate Advisor
Office: 323 Tate Hall