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Fall 2021 Entering Students


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.

 Fall Registration for New Students

  • Course descriptions are online.​

  • Due to pandemic, in Fall 2021, certain courses will be hybrid (in-person and online) while the majority of courses will be offered solely online. This website (and CUNYFirst) will be updated when those decisions have been made. At present all courses are listed as hybrid in CUNYFirst, although the majority will be solely online.

    For hybrid classes, students should be prepared to attend approximately seven meetings in person (socially distanced, masked, following CDC guidelines), while the rest will be online. The in-person meetings will not be streamed or available via zoom. As CDC guidelines change, there may be modifications to the schedule.

  • 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, MALS Student Orientation, and an MA Student Orientation for all GC students.​

  • All new students must attend a virtual group advisement session and fill out the MALS Student Questionnaire in order to register for Fall 2021 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

Support for Student Research, Research Assistantship, Internships 

  • We have some funds to support Student Research, Research Assistantship, and internships that you can apply for once you are enrolled.

Practical Student’s Guide to MALS 

Step-by-Step Instructions on How to Receive a Graduate Center Student ID Card

  1. Email from your Graduate Center email address. Put “ID Card” as the subject.

  2.  The email body must contain your name as it appears in CUNYFirst, your program and your mailing address.  

  3. Attach a “passport type headshot” JPEG picture taken within the past six months.

  • The Bursar Office distributes student validation stickers.

Mandatory New Student Group Advisement 

Session 1:
         Date: Tuesday, August 3rd
         Time: 7:00 pm
         Via Zoom
Session 2:
          Date: Wednesday, August 4th
          Time: 5:00 pm
          Via Zoom
Session 3:
           Date: Wednesday, August 11th
           Time: 7:00 pm
           Via Zoom
Students must register through Eventbrite to attend one of the three sessions offered. Newly-admitted students must attend one of the sessions and fill in the MALS Student Questionnaire to register for Fall 2021 courses. 

Registration for Fall 2021 New Admits

Begins on Monday, August 16.

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

MALS New Student Orientation 

Tuesday, August 24th @ 5 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 2021 Semester


August 16 (Monday)
Registration begins for new matriculated students

August 24 (Tuesday)
                 MALS New Student Virtual Orientation @ 5:00 PM via Zoom

August 25 (Wednesday)
                First day of classes.

August 31 (Tuesday)
                Last day to register for the Fall 2021 semester without premission.

September 6 (Monday)
                Labor Day observed. The GC is closed.

September 14  (Tuesday)
                Deadline for filing a drop without a “W”

September 15 (Wednesday)
                Grade of “W” is assigned to students who officially withdraw from the course.

September 15-16 
     No classes scheduled. 

For more information, here is the full Fall 2021 Academic calendar.