Develop into a lifelong learner, advanced scholar and Christian servant leader with Campbellsville University’s online graduate certificate in English.

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Program Details

Next Start Date: 5/08/2024
Course Length: 8 weeks
Estimated Length: 1 year
Credit Hours: 18
Cost Per Credit: $424

Certificate – Graduate English Studies Overview

The online graduate certificate in English from Campbellsville University allows you to develop graduate-level English skills in writing, reading and critical thinking. You will acquire a vast amount of literary knowledge that will allow you to later pursue graduate programs or teach English in secondary schools. Learn whenever and wherever you wish through the fully online format from faculty members with real-world experience in English careers. Campbellsville University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Through the program, you will grow personally through self-expression and careful reflection, and professionally through the mastery of critical analysis and research writing. You’ll develop effective written and oral communication skills so that you can succeed in further academic studies and be a leader in the workplace. You will be able to apply your knowledge and developed skills to enrich your and others’ lives. In addition to analytical research writing, you will examine and analyze literature.

Our online certificate in English explores literature tracing Christian traditions and views by examining ethical questions through the writings of St. Augustine, Sir Thomas More, John Donne, John Milton, T.S. Eliot, C.S. Lewis and postmodern novelists and poets.

All certificate program credits transfer to any of our graduate degrees. The program offers the 18 credit hours necessary for high school teachers to instruct dual-credit courses. If you already have some credits, you can complete the remainder of the program without needing to take the certificate’s full course load.

Course Map

The online certificate in English includes 18 credit hours and can be completed in one year. The program can be tailored to suit your goals.

Admissions Requirements

To apply to Campbellsville’s graduate English studies program, prospective students must complete the following steps:

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Submit official copies of transcripts to the Office of Admissions from each college or university attended, including a complete record of all courses attempted.
  3. Submit a critical, analytic, argumentative research essay of at least 10 pages, preferably on a literary topic.
  4. Must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or submit a GRE score (no minimum score required – department will review file as a whole).
  5. Submit a complete statement of purpose regarding enrollment in the certificate program.
  6. Submit three letters of recommendation.

Costs & Financial Aid

The online certificate in English costs $424 per credit hour. In order to help students afford their education, Campbellsville University’s staff is available to work with students to discover available financial aid options.

Careers in English Studies

Graduates of Campbellsville University’s online graduate certificate in English will be able to pursue several careers. Potential career outcomes include:

  • Secondary school English teacher
  • Associate Professor of English
  • Author
  • Editor
  • Academic Librarian
  • Proofreader

Why CU Online?

Focused on Your Growth

Our well-rounded education in the arts and sciences is central to our goal of fostering your personal and professional growth.

Faith-Based Education

Founded in 1906 as a Christian university, we welcome diverse perspectives and prepare students to become Christian servant leaders.

Affordable and Convenient

Campbellsville seeks to provide an affordable education for its students. Our online degree programs are in a convenient format, so you can study whenever and wherever you want.


Campbellsville University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award certificates, associate, baccalaureate, master's and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the status of Campbellsville University.

Benefits of Learning Online

Campbellsville University offers several dynamic online degrees so that students can continue their education and hone their skills. Campbellsville’s online campus has been recognized as one of the best by numerous outlets. The institution’s faculty members have real-world experience in their fields, so students can get a glimpse of working in their prospective career. Students can also conveniently fit online coursework into their busy schedules.

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