FAQs - Current Graduate Students in Online Programs

Information about the Department of English graduate programs can be obtained online  or you can e-mail enggrad@asu.edu (or call 480-965-7454). In peak times, response to emails and calls may take up to 48 hours to return Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MST. Please look through the FAQs to see if your question can be answered in the meantime.

1. How long will it take to complete the degree?

1. How long will it take to complete the degree?

An ambitious and hardworking student may be able to complete the degree in one academic year for MA English Online and MTESOL Online. Although, it does depend on several factors: A student would need to take 2 courses per 7.5 week session, which is a heavy workload, but not impossible if you have enough time every week to devote to studying. Also, some students have preadmission credits.

For MAS, it is recommended that students limit their classes to two or three courses in each fall and spring semester. The program may be completed in two years.

2. Can graduates of the MA English Online program teach at a community college?

2. Can graduates of the MA English Online program teach at a community college?

Yes, students with a MA in English can teach at the community college level. 

3. Can graduates of online programs go on for a PhD?

3. Can graduates of online programs go on for a PhD?

Yes, students can apply for PhD programs.

4. Can I take iCourses as an ASU Online Student?

4. Can I take iCourses as an ASU Online Student?

No, ASU Online students can only take ASU Online classes. iCourses are courses offered to in-person ASU students only.

5. What are A and B sessions?

5. What are A and B sessions?

There are two sessions per semester. Each session consists of compressed, seven-and-a-half-week courses. Please pay attention to the dates of the academic calendar. You'll see brief windows of time to drop and add classes.

6. How many hours per week should I expect to spend on a 3 credit course?

6. How many hours per week should I expect to spend on a 3 credit course?

Approximately 18 hours per week for a 3 credit hour online course

7. Can I take ASU Online classes from other departments as electives?

7. Can I take ASU Online classes from other departments as electives?

This depends on the program. For MA English Online, MLS and foreign language reading knowledge courses (FRE 550, GER 550, SPA 550, ITA 550) are allowed. FMS courses may also be taken as electives, but they are within the English Department. It may also be possible to take courses in other departments (such as education, art history, etc), and request that these be evaluated for inclusion in the degree. We evaluate these courses on an individual basis. The program allows 6 elective credits to be taken outside of the department.
For the MAS program, FMS courses are the priority. Any other courses will need to be evaluated by the program director.

MTESOL Online allows 9 elective credit hours of graduate credit in any department (e.g., anthropology, education, English, international letters and cultures, speech and hearing science). These courses should be approved by the program director first.

8. Where do I locate the current class schedule?

8. Where do I locate the current class schedule?

Students can see all courses offered here: https://webapp4.asu.edu/catalog/. Make sure to select the “ASU Online” option when searching.

9. What are the options to fulfill the language requirement for MA English Online and MTESOL Online?

9. What are the options to fulfill the language requirement for MA English Online and MTESOL Online?

The programs have a language requirement, which requires the student to possess an intermediate level reading knowledge of a language other than English. Students will either take a translation test or a reading knowledge course.

Please contact the graduate program manager for more information about the translation test. There is a $100 fee to take the translation test.

Students may also take one of the reading knowledge courses (GER 550, FRE 550, SPA 550, ITA 550) offered by School of International Letters and Cultures to fulfill the requirement. This will also count as elective credit for the program. 

10. How do I register for FMS (film and media) classes?

10. How do I register for FMS (film and media) classes?

Some courses have permission requirements. In order to be granted proper clearance, please follow these instructions.

11. How many classes can I take in a semester?

11. How many classes can I take in a semester?

Some students take only one class a semester, however, to make good progress toward the degree, it is suggested that you take at least one class per session. The semester is broken into two 7.5 weeks. Students are not able to register for more than 18 credits per semester without approval from the advisor.

12. Can I take a semester off if I need to?

12. Can I take a semester off if I need to?

Continuous enrollment is required (fall, spring). The Graduate College states that a student must be registered for a minimum of one graduate credit hour during all phases of their graduation (fall, spring, and summer only if utilizing university resources or applying for graduation). Students can apply for a leave of absence by submitting a Maintain Continuous Enrollment request to the Program Manager. Failure to register or request a leave will result in automatic withdrawal from the program.

Note: W (withdraw) and X (audit) do NOT count as continuous enrollment. A 400-level class does NOT count toward continuous enrollment for graduate students, unless it is listed on the iPOS.

13. What is a plan of study (iPOS)?

13. What is a plan of study (iPOS)?

The Graduate College requires students to have a plan of study on file by the time they reach 50% of their program (five classes). The interactive plan of study (iPOS) can be completed on your MyASU page. It’s a list of your current and future classes, including any transfer classes, the culminating experience, the language requirement (if required), and your committee chair and additional member. Once approved, it is your roadmap to graduation, and a contract with the university. When you apply to graduate, the Graduation Office compares your transcript with your plan of study. If they match exactly, you can graduate. (If you have classes in the wrong semester, they’ll not approve your graduation until you submit a course change request updating your iPOS.) Tip: When you submit your plan of study, or any changes to it (course change, committee change), please send an email to the Graduate Program Manager and the Graduate Program Specialist.

12. What if I need to change a class on my plan of study after it's approved?

12. What if I need to change a class on my plan of study after it's approved?

You simply submit a course change request to swap out a class.

15. What sort of grades do graduate students earn?

15. What sort of grades do graduate students earn?

English graduate students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average each semester. In order to graduate from ASU, graduate students must have a 3.0 overall GPA, a 3.0 iPOS GPA, and a 3.0 graduate GPA. If you fall below a 3.0 overall GPA, you will be put on academic probation by the Graduate College.  

16. What tutoring tools do you offer online students?

16. What tutoring tools do you offer online students?

There are multiple tutoring tools offered by ASU found at Online Tutoring for University Academic Success Programs at ASU:

Graduate Writing Center – ASU’s Online Graduate Writing Center specifically serves students enrolled in 500, 600 and 700 level classes. Using Adobe Connect, this real-time, appointment-based assistance allows students to meet one-on-one with a graduate writing consultant to receive feedback on their writing projects at any stage in their development and writing process. The center is open Sundays-Thursdays with appointments available between the hours of 2pm and 10pm.

Academic Mentoring – Using Adobe Connect, academic mentors meet with students one-on-one for a personalized approach to improving academic skills such as time management, blackboard reviews, test preparation, and more. Students can make appointments through the website or by calling 480-965-9072

Smarthinking: 24 hour online tutoring

17. Where can I go to find out more about how Blackboard works?

17. Where can I go to find out more about how Blackboard works?

Blackboard help can be found here.

18. Can I be admitted to an in-person graduate certificate while working on my online degree?

18. Can I be admitted to an in-person graduate certificate while working on my online degree?

No, because they are offered on different campuses (Tempe and Online).

19. Will my diploma state I was in an online program?

19. Will my diploma state I was in an online program?

No, the diploma will only list the degree earned.