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Fall 2020 Entering Students


A Welcome new MALS students from the Executive Officer



Degree Structure;  30 credits:

  • A beginning course, MALS 70000, Seminar in Interdisciplinary Studies, and a concluding course, MALS 79000,  are required.  Both are 3 credits.

  • Core courses in your concentration are required. Most concentrations have 2 core courses; others have 3 and you need to do 2 of 3.  This is another 6 credits. 

  • The leaves approximately 6 electives.  You can take them in MALS or another program at the GC.

  • MALS 79000 - Thesis or Capstone + white paper:  In order to complete the course and the program, you need to write a thesis of 50-60 pages of text or create a capstone website/creative project with a 20 page white paper of text.

 Fall Registration for New Students

  • Course descriptions are online.​

  • ​In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, all GC courses will be held online for the Fall 2020 semester.

  • August: students meet with advising fellows. (All students are assigned an advising fellow, an advanced PhD student, who will advise them on courses and graduate studies during their career.)

  • August Events: Group advising sessions, a New Liberal Studies Student Orientation, and an MA Student Orientation for all GC students.​

  • All new student must attend a virtual group advisement session and fill out the MALS Student Questionnaire in order to register for Fall 2020 courses.




  • You have a CUNYFirst account. This is an online data management system.  It’s how you register for classes, pay bills, etc.  Please make sure you can login!

  • CUNYFirst Empl Id - key number that is needed for just about everything.

Financial Aid

  • Rebecca Dent is our point person. Email:

  • A 6 credit minimum is required to qualify for financial aid.

Support for Student Research, Travel, Internships 

  • We have some funds to support student research, travel, and internships that you can apply for once you are enrolled.

Practical Student’s Guide to MALS 


Mandatory New Student Group Advisement 

Session 1:
         Date: Monday, August 3rd
         Time: 7:30pm-8:30 pm
         Via Zoom
Session 2:
          Date: Wednesday, August 5th
          Time: 7:30pm-8:30 pm
          Via Zoom
Session 3:
           Date: Tuesday, August 11th
           Time: 7:30pm-8:30 pm
           Via Zoom
Session 4:
           Date: Thursday, August 13th
           Time: 6:00 - 7:00 pm
           Via Zoom
Session 5:
           Date: Monday, August 17th
           Time: 6:00 - 7:00 pm
           Via Zoom
Students must register through Eventbrite to attend one of the five sessions offered. Newly-admitted students must attend one of the sessions to register for Fall 2020 courses. To obtain the Eventbrite link, please email our College Assistant, Donna (

Registration for Fall 2020 New Admits

Begins on Monday, August 17.

Provided that you have completed all registration requirements, you should be able to register for classes through CUNYfirst.

MALS New Student Orientation 

Thursday, August 20th @ 6 pm via Zoom

New students will get a chance to see and hear from our executive officer, deputy executive officers, MALS faculty, advising fellows, Financial Aid, The GC Writing Center, library resources, the Office of Career Planning & Professional Development, and current students.

Graduate Center New Student Orienation

New students should check out the GC's New Student Orientation webpage for infomration on the GC's orientation program, OneStop resources, and the New Student Checklist.


Key Dates in Fall 2020 Semester


August 17 (Monday)
Registration begins for new matriculated students

August 20 (Thursday)
                 MALS New Student Virtual Orientation @ 6:00 PM via Zoom

August 26  (Wednesday)
                First day of classes.

September 1 (Tuesday)
                Last day to register for the Fall 2020 semester.

September 7 (Monday)
                Labor Day observed. The GC is closed.

September 15  (Tuesday)
                Deadline for filing a drop without a “W”

September 16 (Wednesday)
                Grade of “W” is assigned to students who officially withdraw from the course.

For more information, here is the full Fall 2020 Academic calendar.