12 months
855 USD/credit 25650 USD/year
855 USD/credit 25650 USD/year
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The graduate Master of Arts in Literature program at The City University of New York provides facilities for advanced study of literary texts.


Literature students at The City University of New York learn to read texts within philosophical and theoretical frameworks and become acquainted with terms and concepts of critical discourse as used in the discipline. 

Learning outcomes

Students develop skills at advanced research in scholarly monographs, collections and journals, using both digital and archival sources, learning to find materials and to parse them critically. Examining cultural artifacts and becoming acquainted with the complex historical, geopolitical, and gendered structures of texts, graduate students acquire a sense of the richness of literary study. Students learn to express this sophisticated reading ability in well-researched papers that express mastery of their chosen fields. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Major Works of the Middle Ages
  • Major Writers of the Renaissance Exclusive of Shakespeare
  • History of Literary Criticism
  • Modern Drama
  • Major English and American Novelists
  • The English Language

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Fall Priority Deadline - April 1


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A minimum of an average grade of B in all undergraduate work and in all English courses.
  •  A minimum of 24 undergraduate credits in English or American literature; at the discretion of the department, fewer courses may be acceptable for full matriculation.
  • Three satisfactory letters of recommendation, preferably from instructors in English, addressing the candidate’s academic proficiency.
  • In addition to the required 500-word essay, applicants must submit a writing sample, 10-15 pages long (double-spaced), which demonstrates mastery of writing skills and is on a topic related to literary studies. Please see the English Department website for submission instructions.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25650 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 855 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    25650 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 855 USD per credit during 12 months.


  • Full-time - $5,545/semester
  • Part-time - $470/credit

Living costs for New York City

1819 - 3968 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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