Department: English


Students make the choice to pursue graduate study in English for a number of reasons, both professional and personal, and bring to this study a wide variety of experiences and strengths. MA programs in English at Hunter are designed with this intellectual and practical diversity in mind. Through study with the Department’s research-inclined and pedagogically committed teaching faculty, our students are afforded myriad opportunities to develop and practice more sophisticated reading, writing and research skills than those required at the undergraduate level. In addition, those who enroll receive guidance in improving their own expertise as not just scholars but teachers of literature. Interested students may choose an English - MA in Literature, Language, and Theory, an MA in Adolescent English - MA / Advanced Certificate, or a  Creative Writing - MFA .

Hunter’s Creative Writing MFA is a highly selective program in which students work closely with distinguished writers to perfect their writing skills. The course comprises workshops, craft seminars, one-on-one supervisions with faculty, and literature classes. There are three concentrations, fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry, with 12 students in each. Each year, several students are named Hertog Fellows (fiction and nonfiction) and Friedman Scholars (poetry). These students receive a generous stipend and are paired with well-established writers, for whom they conduct research for one semester.

What can I do with my degree in English?

The MA program in Literature, Language, and Theory offers opportunities for both professional advancement and personal development. It may be taken as a terminal course of study or as preparation for doctoral work in English or other humanities fields.

Programs and Courses in English

Master’s Programs

•  Creative Writing - MFA

•  English - MA

Note: See the School of Education section of this catalog for additional information on admission and program requirements. The School of Education also offers an Advanced Certificate in Adolescent Education for holders of an English MA.

Doctor of Philosophy

The CUNY Graduate Center offers a PhD in English.

Administration and Faculty


Angela Reyes
1212A West
(212) 772-5076

Department Office:

1212 West
(212) 772-5070
Fax: (212) 772-5411

Program Advisors

English Program Advisors