English Literature (M.A.)

The Masters in English Literature (M.A.) is a 30 credit program that introduces students to a variety of major works of literature.

Graduates of the program often go on to jobs in education, while others have chosen career paths in education, administration, healthcare, law, etc. The program is also an important stepping stone to further graduate study -- our students have been admitted to leading PhD programs with full financial packages.

Employers value our graduates’ ability to creatively and critically engage with the challenges of working with texts. Unlike vocational training, which qualifies students for work in one particular field, graduate training in liberal education (within which English is the largest and most versatile discipline) develops skills and competences that prepare students to adapt to new situations and challenges in a wide variety of fields that require thoughtful engagement with people and with documents.

Ideal students are those with good reading and writing skills and wide-ranging cultural interests are especially encouraged. A background in English is useful but not required. A background in the humanities, whether formal or informal, is valuable. Applicants should demonstrate a genuine interest in a sustained exploration of literary texts and an ability to critically engage with them in writing. Graduate students in our program will hone their analytical skills and will also have the ability to work with new and unfamiliar materials.

Additional Requirements:

  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Resume/CV
  • Personal Statement
  • 2 writing samples, each no longer than 20 pages (no minimum length)
  • Applicants may be asked to appear for a personal interview by the departmental Graduate Committee
  • GRE Required: No
  • Minimum Language Test Scores:
Petersons (PTE) 68
Duolingo 120


Supporting Documents Required for Non-Degree Applicants:

  • Transcript and proof of undergraduate degree
  • Personal Statement
  • 1 writing sample, no longer than 20 pages (no minimum length)


Program Advisor: Professor Andras Kisery, akisery@ccny.cuny.edu

For more information, please visit the Program Website.


Last Updated: 02/15/2023 15:51