MALS students are academically oriented people who value a challenging, multidisciplinary scholarly experience and enjoy contributing to and learning from a lively intellectual community. Read what MALS student have to say about the program here.
The diversity of tracks and the interdisciplinary nature of the MALS program make it an appropriate academic choice for a wide variety of students with many different goals. The program is suited to those who have a professional, intellectual, academic, or personal objective for which the pursuit of scholarly graduate study in the arts and sciences is required or beneficial. Most of our students pursue careers in research and/or teaching upon graduation; many enroll in order to hone their intellectual focus for future doctoral work; and still others make the commitment to address an area of personal intellectual curiosity. We welcome inquiries from prospective students and would be happy to schedule a pre-application informational interview to answer any questions you may have.
Applicants must meet the following criteria in order to be eligible for admission:
hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or its equivalent, with a cumulative overall GPA of 3.0 (B average) or higher;
submit transcripts of all college or graduate work;
submit two letters of recommendation;
submit a personal statement (an academic writing sample is not required), the preferred length for personal statements is 1000 words.
Admission to the program must ultimately be approved by the Executive Committee.
Please consult the Graduate Center website for upcoming admissions deadlines and requirements. Prospective students may apply using these application instructions and forms.
**As of April 2013, the GRE is no longer required as part of the application for the MALS program.**
Students must select one of the twenty-one tracks of study and complete the associated core course requirements for that track. Electives may be selected from any of the courses offered in the MALS program or the Graduate Center.
A maximum of 12 credits earned prior to matriculation to MALS may be accepted. In order to be eligible for transfer, the courses must be comparable to courses offered by the PhD programs at the Graduate Center and must have been completed with a grade of B or higher. Courses in creative or professional writing are not eligible for transfer credit.
No, MALS students can only take courses offered at the Graduate Center.
The consortial arrangement is open only to doctoral students.
You can look up the current tuition rates on the GC Tuition and Fees page. Under "Tuition Rates" click on the corresponding academic year and scroll down to "Master's Students."
Federal work-study awards are available to qualified applicants. Please see the Financial Aid Office’s website for more information.
Yes, students can enroll for one or more courses per semester. Please visit the Tuition and Fees page for current information.
Courses are offered during the fall and spring semesters. Students who take two classes per semester can expect to complete the 30-credit degree in two and a half years.
The typical class size is about 12-15 students.
The majority of our students go on to careers in education, publishing, media, and non-profit work. Many MALS alumni pursue further graduate work in a doctoral program. The advanced critical thinking, communication, and analytical skills students learn in the MALS program are beneficial to nearly any academic or professional environment.
A number of courses are offered on weeknights from 6:30-8:30 pm. There are no weekend classes.
No. No summer courses are offered at the Graduate Center.