City University Of New York, The Graduate Center

The Graduate Center

Biography, Autobiography, and Memoir


365 Fifth Avenue

New York City, NY 10016

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Biography, Autobiography, and Memoir is offered as a track within the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program (MALS).

Format: Campus

Program Description:

MALS Track in Biography, Autobiography, and Memoir Diarists and bloggers and writers of letters and emails enjoy what some call “life writing”; celebrity culture and the media have increased popular interest in biography and autobiography. In a broad variety of professions, people write profiles, obituaries, or case studies. Within the academy, personal writing provides source material for historians and biographers; literary scholars continue to trawl the archives for hidden gems in these so-called minor genres; and theorists of autobiography and biography continue to amass a formidable bibliography. The aim of the MALS track in Biography, Autobiography, and Memoir is to explore the various kinds and the long history of life writing (from, e.g., Plutarch) and its importance within the disciplines (from art history to science studies) and around them.


All of CUNY’s campuses are accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. All of CUNY’s degree programs are registered with the New York State Department of Education.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 6,000-9,999

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