The Master of Liberal Studies program (MALS) at the Graduate Center gives you the opportunity to pursue an intellectual, academic, professional, or personal objective in one of an array of interdisciplinary, innovative tracks of study. The program places an emphasis on rigorous scholarship, original research, cross-disciplinary inquiry, and intellectual collaboration. Students must successfully complete 30 credits (approximately 10 courses) within 4 years of matriculation.
- Contribute to a thriving intellectual community. As a MALS student, you and your peers will join doctoral candidates in small seminar courses led by the esteemed faculty in the MALS program and the Graduate Center as a whole. You’ll engage in wide-ranging and challenging discussions that will teach you new ways to learn, think, and collaborate, and develop the advanced analytic, critical thinking, and communications skills that are the foundations for success in any academic or workplace setting. Regular lectures and workshops take place throughout the year, with guest speakers and panels presenting on a variety of subjects.
- Engage in customized, interdisciplinary study. The flexible, customizable MALS curriculum is particularly suited for ambitious students whose interests stretch across disciplines and whose skills give them the ability to synthesize a diverse array of information and knowledge in compelling ways.
- Design a schedule to suit your needs. More than half of the MALS student body work full- or part-time. Many courses are scheduled in the evenings, and you can choose to pursue the degree on either a full- or part-time basis.
First-rate, Affordable Graduate Study
The Graduate Center is recognized as one of the preeminent graduate institutions in the nation. With faculty who are leaders in their fields, engaging and compelling courses, and the extraordinary resources of the vast CUNY system at your disposal, the education you receive through the MALS program is truly exceptional. With CUNY’s affordable tuition rates and federal financial aid opportunities, the benefits of a MALS degree are also uniquely attainable.