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Ph.D. Program


Ph.D. Degree Requirements (66 credits)

  • 36 credits in Comparative Literature;
  • 16-20 credits in national literatures;
  • 14-10 (or 10-14) credits to be determined by the student and his/her advisor or the Executive Officer

Teaching and Fellowships

While studying in our Program, graduate students teach part-time in a wide variety of undergraduate departments at the CUNY colleges as well as other colleges and universities in the New York City area.

Some receive Graduate Teaching Fellowships. Others teach as adjuncts in English, Comparative Literature, Humanities, Honors, World Literature, and many foreign language and literature departments.

Financial aid consists of tuition assistance, university fellowships, graduate teaching fellowships, research assistantships, work-study grants, dissertation fellowships, and numerous other special awards. Information is available from the Financial Aid Office and the Program itself.


M.A. Program


M.A. Degree Requirements (30 credits)

  • 16 credits in Comparative Literature;
  • 12 credits or more in individual national literatures (6 of these should be in a foreign literature);
  • 2 credits to be determined in consultation with the Executive Officer.

Teaching and Fellowships

While studying in our Program, graduate students may elect to teach part-time as adjuncts in a wide variety of undergraduate departments at the CUNY colleges as well as other colleges and universities in the New York City area. They can teach in English, Comparative Literature, Humanities, Honors, World Literature, and many foreign language and literature departments.

Students admitted as candidates for the M.A. who want to apply for the Ph.D. must finish all degree requirements for the M.A. before applying for admission as candidates for the Ph.D. An exception to this rule may be made in the case of exceptionally well‐qualified students, as judged by the Admissions and Awards Committee.

Financial aid is not available to M.A. students.