Master Of Arts In Composition And Rhetoric Online Degree Program 1
Credit Hours
Years (Avg.)
Class Type
100% online, 8-week courses
Transfer Credits
Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total
Next Start Date
Jan 15, 2024
Liberty University is accredited by SACSCOC

Become a Leader in Academia with Our Online Master’s Degree in Composition

Are you passionate about the English language? Are you interested in helping others learn to communicate effectively and persuasively? If so, then Liberty University’s online Master of Arts in Composition degree program is a good next step for your education and your career. With a growing need for excellent communicators in every industry, you can turn your love for English into a finely tuned, marketable skill.

A master’s degree in English composition can prepare you for a career in academia as a lecturer, tutor, educator, or university professor. Additionally, you can pursue opportunities as an author, journalist, or editor. This degree can open up numerous career paths, whether you choose to pursue writing and editing full time, or you want to enter the academic world as a professional. Continue your education and turn something you love into a profitable skill with an online degree from Liberty University. 

Why Choose Liberty’s M.A. in Composition Online Degree?

At Liberty University, we understand that you have responsibilities outside of the classroom to your family, church, and job. That’s why our degree programs are designed to be completed 100% online and in an 8-week course format. With no set login times and the ability to study from your laptop, tablet, or phone — anywhere and anytime — earning your master’s in composition online can fit easily into your schedule.

At Liberty, we strive to live out our mission of Training Champions for Christ. This means that each of your classes is grounded in a biblical foundation and will be taught by a Christian professor. You’ll find that pursuing a master’s degree with us is a great way to grow personally and professionally while you further your education and career goals.

Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Being accredited by SACSCOC means that companies, businesses, organizations, schools, and universities across the nation can recognize your degree as meeting rigorous standards of quality. So whether you’re looking for professional advancement, pursuing a new career, or hoping to continue on to doctoral studies, you can be confident that your degree has the backing to help get you where you want to go. 

What Will You Learn in Our M.A. in Composition Online Degree?

A master’s degree in composition can equip you for many careers, including teaching, writing, tutoring, and editing. Our curriculum is designed to give you the skill set you need to excel in any of these fields. You’ll also receive the added benefit of studying courses that are grounded in biblical values and principles.

Within this degree, you’ll learn vital components of composition and rhetoric, including how to:

  • Analyze written texts, theory, and history of composition studies through a Christian worldview
  • Discuss theories of writing in a manner appropriate to the field
  • Evaluate the relationships between written texts and their contexts
  • Produce in-depth research using appropriate scholarly methods and resources
  • Write in a professional and scholarly manner

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Highlights of Our M.A. in Composition Online Degree

  • We are recognized by multiple institutions for our academic quality, affordability, and accessibility. Our commitment to excellence also helped us rank in the top 10% of’s best online schools in America. Earning your online M.A. in Composition degree from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition can help set you apart from others in your field.
  • Your success is our success, which is why we are committed to providing quality academics at an affordable tuition rate. While other colleges are increasing their tuition, we have frozen tuition rates for our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs for the past 9 years – and counting.
  • Liberty University has partnered with #1 New York Times bestselling author and Christian novelist, Karen Kingsbury, to create the Karen Kingsbury Center for Writing.
  • Liberty University holds institutional accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
  • Upon completion of this degree, you will receive 18 graduate hours in composition, which can prepare you to teach first-year writing courses in a college or university.

M.A. in Composition Online Degree Information

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Military Benefits for Our Online M.A. in Composition Degree

Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students across the globe. Whether you are a current service member, discharged or retired from service, or the spouse of a service member or veteran, we are here to support you every step of the journey.

As a thank-you for your dedication and service to our country, Liberty is honored to serve and support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following benefits: 

  • Tuition discounts – $275 per credit hour for graduate courses
  • Additional discount for veterans who serve in a civilian capacity as a First Responder (less than $625 per course)
  • 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times (may exclude certain courses such as practicums, internships, or field experiences)

Career Opportunities for M.A. in Composition Graduates

  • Blog author
  • Book/magazine writer
  • Business communications specialist
  • Debate team coach
  • Grant writer
  • Ministry writer
  • Organizational communications writer
  • Private tutor
  • Public information officer
  • Publications editor
  • Social media writer/editor
  • Speechwriter
  • Technical writer
  • Website copy editor/writer
  • Writing center tutor
  • Writing instructor in K-12, college, and university settings

Admission Requirements for Our Online M.A. in Composition

A regionally or nationally accredited bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 or above cumulative GPA is required for admission in good standing. Please visit our admission requirements page for more detailed admissions-related information.

All applicants must submit the following:

  • Admission application
  • Application fee*
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Official college transcripts
  • Unofficial college transcripts may be accepted with a completed official transcript request form**
  • Proof of English proficiency (for applicants whose native language is other than English)

Additional admission requirements for the M.A. in Composition:

  • Earned bachelor’s degree or equivalent is required from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (e.g., SACSCOC, TRACS, ABHE, etc.).
  • Applicants should hold a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 for undergraduate study. Applicants who hold a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75 to 2.99 on a 4.0 scale may, at the discretion of the Program Director, be eligible for admission on Academic Caution. These students are required to take and pass GRST 500 – Introduction to Graduate Writing in their first semester.
  • Applicants must submit a 300- to 500-word statement as to why they want to pursue an M.A. in Composition at Liberty University.
  • TOEFL scores are required if applicable.

*There is no upfront application fee; however, a deferred $50 application fee will be assessed during Financial Check-In. This fee is waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses – documentation verifying military status is required.

**An official transcript is needed within 60 days of acceptance or before non-attendance drops for the first set of matriculated classes, whichever comes first.