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MA in British & American Literature

Located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, our Masters in British and American Literature program offers students an opportunity to meet and work with top researchers, scholars, and writers in New York City. Our diverse faculty and student body collectively cultivate an environment of energy, community, and rigorous academic study. Faculty members offering courses in the MA in British and American Literature facilitate stimulating seminars that represent a wide array of critical practices and disciplines, including medieval literature, postcolonial studies, gender and sexuality studies, Shakespeare and Renaissance studies, Romanticism, Victorian literature, modernism, American studies, linguistics, and rhetoric. We pride ourselves in the accessibility of our faculty members, all of whom are dedicated to providing students the support and guidance that they need to develop as readers, thinkers, and writers. Our class offerings allow students of varying interests to take courses that are meaningful and relevant to their individual goals. Classes are held in the evenings to provide availability and flexibility for all students, including working adults. In addition to coursework, the program includes the completion of a Master’s Thesis, an extensive writing project undertaken with the supervision and mentorship of faculty members. Students choose the MA in British and American Literature for professional and academic advancement as well as for personal enrichment. Many students go on to pursue doctoral studies or careers in writing, education, and the arts. 

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  • 30 credits of satisfactory work in English, including ENGL 789 (Master's Thesis). No more than 6 credits in courses other than those offered by the Department of English may be accepted (approval of the Graduate Advisor required).
  • No more than 9 credits may be taken as a non-matriculant.
  • Demonstration of a reading knowledge of Latin, French, German, Spanish, or other approved foreign language through a departmental examination.
  • Passing a comprehensive examination in British, American, and world literature in English.
  • Completion of a Master's Thesis, preferably an expansion of a term paper. Click here for thesis guidelines.


  • A Bachelor of Arts degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution acceptable to Hunter College.
  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 in English courses.
  • 18 credits of advanced undergraduate courses in British, American, and world literature in English, exclusive of journalism, writing courses, and required introductory courses in literature.
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE). General test only.
  • A sample of your academic writing of about 10 pages (preferably an undergraduate research paper).
  • All other Requirements of the Graduate Admissions Application.

For questions or further information, please contact the Graduate Advisor:

Professor Tanya Agathocleous
Room 1201HW
Office Hours: Wednesdays 3:30-5:30

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