SCHOLARLY AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN THE M.A. PROGRAM
Our MA degree recipients pursue a variety of professional goals, including 1) further study in the fields of literature or cultural studies, usually with the long-term goal of college or community college teaching; 2) professional advancement and training for middle and high-school teaching careers; 3) careers in publishing, especially in the New York City area; 4) careers in related fields such as journalism, law, and non-profits where expertise in writing and critical thinking is highly valued; and 5) the learning of digital skills transferable to all the above as well as to other professional goals. We hold yearly workshops on diverse career paths for MA graduates (for example with a panel of recent NYU MA Alumni) and on applying to PhD programs.
In recent years, our MA graduates have gone on to a wide variety of careers in publishing, teaching, the digital arts, marketing, library and archival work. MA alumni employers include: W.W. Norton, Penguin Random House, Springer Publishing, the New York Public Library, the New York Department of Education, Bogota Board of Education, the Mellon Foundation, JPMorgan Chase, and more. Students have also gone onto PhD programs at universities including Columbia, NYU, Brown, Princeton, UC Boulder, Vanderbilt, UC Santa Barbara, UC Berkeley, Penn State, CUNY, UCLA, USC, Rutgers, Duke, University of Illinois, Oxford, University of Virginia, and Toronto University.
MA Alumni Profiles