City University Of New York, The Graduate Center

The Graduate Center

New York Studies


365 Fifth Avenue

New York City, NY 10016

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS)

Format: Campus

Program Description:

MALS Track in New York Studies - This specialization is a 30-credit program for students wishing to pursue an interest in the history of New York City and its cultures. Two introductory 3-credit core courses, MALS 70100, Narratives of NYC: Literature and the Visual Arts, and MALS 70200, Metropolis: A Political, Historical, and Sociological Profile of NYC, prepare students in this interdisciplinary specialization to take doctoral-level courses with Graduate Center faculty, which includes many eminent scholars, artists, and critics whose work is focused on New York City. Depending on their interests and expertise, students will consider New York City’s past, its populations, and its productions from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. After earning 27 credits, students conclude the work for the degree with a thesis or project developed under the supervision of a faculty member. Students will benefit from the presence at the CUNY Graduate Center of the Gotham Center for New York History. The program benefits, as well, from proximity to the city’s cultural and historical attractions: among them, the Museum of Modern Art, the New York Historical Society, the Brooklyn Museum, the Museo del Barrio, and the Museum of Natural History.


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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