This degree is designed to offer ministry students the opportunity to gain additional skills and expertise in areas that will enhance the students' ministry by providing a common frame of reference to connect with people of diverse cultures and backgrounds.

School of Divinity

Master of Divinity/Master of Arts in English

The M.Div. /M.A. degree is designed to enhance divinity students’ literary, English education, and writing skills by permitting them to earn a second degree, the M.A., instead of the usual M.Div. concentration. This degree provides students with a broad and rich context from which to do ministry. Moreover, it provides students with enhanced critical and analytical skills with which to reflect on life and the world while providing them with additional textual models with which to understand and interpret Scripture.


The MA English degree is an online program taught in a cohort model and offers students three concentrations: 1) literature studies, 2) English education, and 3) writing studies. This degree is for students who want professional advancement in areas such as writing, publishing, and teaching at the secondary or college levels. While these concentrations represent different disciplines within the field, the overall program goal is for students to develop a scholarly and professional identity. These goals reflect the growing professional demand for strong skills in communication, analysis, critical thinking, and collaboration.


The concentration in English Education leads to a recommendation for graduate-level NC Teaching License for those with the initial licensure in 9-12 English. Graduate students who do not have initial licensure may obtain a degree, but not the graduate-level license. However, students must be teaching some aspect of the discipline of English in a real-world context in order to complete the requirements for this program.


This dual degree has two potential student populations in view: (1) the minister who desires greater background in the literary arts as a context for ministry, and (2) the bi-vocational minister. The M.Div./M.A. is housed in the School of Divinity and requires completion of the 60 hour core, 6 hours biblical studies electives, 6 hours historical/theological electives, 3 hours practical ministry electives of the M.Div. degree, and the 30 hour M.A. in English degree.


M.A. in English Requirements (30 hours total)


The online Master of Arts in English curriculum offers four core courses (9 hrs.) and seven to eight courses in the concentration (15 hrs. content + 6 hrs. thesis). The core courses build community and foster collaboration among peers as well as provide a foundation for courses within each concentration. The timeline for completion is six semesters (typically two calendar years).


Core Requirements for all Concentrations (9 hours)


ENGL 501 Introduction to English Studies (2 hrs.)
ENGL 502 Seminar in English Studies (1 hr.)
ENED 683 Teaching of Writing (3 hrs.)
ENGL 671 Literary Criticism (3 hrs.)


Literature Concentration (15 hrs. content* + 6 hrs. for thesis)


*At least one pre-1800 literature course and one post-1800 literature course should be taken (see specific titles below).

1 American Literature (3 hrs.)
1 British Literature (3 hrs.)
1 World Literature (3 hrs.)
2 Electives (6 hrs.)


Final 6 hours: Thesis
ENGL 690 (3 hrs.)
ENGL 691 (3 hrs.)


English Education Concentration (15 hrs. content + 6 hrs. capstone)


ENGL 681 Seminar in Current Issues and Methods of Teaching English (3 hrs.)
ENGL 675 Young Adult Literature (3 hrs.)
3 Electives (9 hrs.)


Final 6 hours: Capstone
ENED 690 English Teacher as Researcher: Proposal (3 hrs.)
ENED 691 English Teacher as Researcher: Data Collection (1 hrs.)
ENED 692 English Teacher as Researcher: Analysis (2 hrs.)


Writing Concentration: (15 hrs. content + 6 hrs. capstone)


ENGL 673 Contemporary Trends in Literature (3 hrs.)
ENGL 629 New Media Studies (3 hrs.) 3 Writing Electives (9 hrs.)


Final 6 hours: Capstone/Thesis
ENGL 692 (3 hrs.)
ENGL 693 (3 hrs.)


M.Div. Requirements


Biblical Studies Electives (6 hrs.)
Historical/Theological Electives (6 hrs.)
Practical Ministry Electives (3 hrs.)
M.Div. Core 60 hrs.
TOTAL for the M.Div. /M.A. Degree 105 hrs.



Ms. Kheresa Harmon

Phone: (704) 406-3205




Dr. Cheryl Duffus

Phone: (704) 406-4409