Bachelor of Arts Degree in English

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Available entirely online!

Interested in the fields of literary studies or creative and professional writing? As a cornerstone of the humanities, a degree in English emphasizes clear writing and critical thinking.

UMass Lowell's online Bachelor's Degree in English offers a flexible and vigorous curriculum grounded in British and American literary traditions, in the study of contemporary critical methods, and in the regular practice of research and writing.

Our academic advisors and the English degree program coordinator will be happy to help you plan your course selections.

As a non-profit public institution, UMass Lowell is dedicated to providing an education that's affordable and world class - and it's all backed by the academic integrity of a top-ranked research University.

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Program Outline

Courses Required: 40 / Total Credits: 120

12 courses plus 2 labs / 38 credits

UMass Lowell's General Education courses are designed to provide students with a foundation that prepares them for continued work within their major, as well as endowing them with intellectual habits that will enable them to become lifelong learners. For details and a list of approved General Education courses, visit

Admission Requirements

Admission to this program is open to individuals who have at minimum earned their high school diploma or who have successfully completed the GED test or the High School Equivalency Testing Program.

How to Apply

To apply into this program, please complete our Online Application Form or print and complete our pdf Application Form.

Transfer Credits / Credit for Prior Learning

Have you taken credit courses at another accredited college or university in the past? You may be able to count those courses towards your degree at UMass Lowell. Please review our transfer credit policy and email our advisors at for additional details.

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Register for Courses

Approximately 2 months prior to the start of each semester, Online and Continuing Education posts the new course schedule to the website. Once you've decided which course(s) you would like to take, returning students can register using SIS self-service, while new students must use the Non Degree Registration Form.

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Email our Student Support Center for assistance, or call for advising at (800) 480-3190 and press 1 to speak with an advisor. See links at the bottom of this page for technical assistance with your online course.

English Degree Student For me, the online format is perfect. It’s absolutely essential at this time in my life. I can get things done at my pace and it allows me to set my own schedule during the week. Plus, I like that there are students from around the world in my classes. It’s nice to hear opinions and viewpoints from people who don’t live near me. -English Degree StudentEnglish Degree Candidate

The Benefits of Learning Online with UMass Lowell

The University has built a solid reputation by offering one of the largest selections of online programs available through a traditional university. Courses are taught by full-time faculty who are experts in their fields, and by adjunct faculty who, as practicing professionals, bring real-world experience to the online class discussions.

At UMass Lowell, we are committed to providing you with high-quality, affordable online programs that make earning your degree or certificate more convenient than ever before. Our students have access to online course technical support 24X7, and our academic advisors and program coordinators are happy to help you with your questions.

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