Employment and Graduate Studies

A major in Literature and Creative Writing prepares students for careers that require critical thinking, forceful and lucid writing, and the ability to undertake discerning research, to read deeply and creatively, and to be receptive to the perspectives of others. The major might lead to graduate school in literature or form a strong foundation for work in fields such as:

  • advertising
  • education
  • international relations
  • journalism
  • law
  • media
  • public policy
  • publishing

The Career Development Center at NYU Abu Dhabi works with students to help improve interpersonal skills, find internship and job opportunities, and prepare for graduate school.

The Literature and Creative Writing program transformed my outlook, my ways of thinking, and my understanding of the core questions that undergird the human experience.

Zoe Hu, Fulbright Scholar

Where Are They Now?

Literature and Creative Writing graduates from NYU Abu Dhabi are working in companies and attending graduate schools around the world. Below is just a small sample.


  • Archipelago Books
  • Farrar, Straus & Giroux
  • J. Walter Thompson
  • M&C Saatchi World Services
  • NYU Shanghai
  • Pacific Immigration Resources Society
  • Yale-NUS

Graduate Schools

  • Al Akhawayn University
  • Brown University
  • Columbia College Chicago
  • Columbia University
  • Harvard Law School
  • London School of Economics
  • University of Melbourne
  • Princeton University
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Stanford University
  • Yenching Academy


Doors Open with a NYUAD Degree 

Our alumni leave NYUAD with jobs and graduate schools lined up for them.

My Favorite Course in Literature and Creative Writing

Course Spotlight

This class explores the human condition and how we define, explore, and understand human experiences and the very notion of humanness itself.