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Spring 2022 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.

 Spring Registration for New Students

  • Course descriptions are online.​

  • ​Due to the pandemic, in Spring 2022, certain courses will be either fully in-person, hybrid (in-person and online), or HyFlex (simultaneously in-person and online). This website (and CUNYFirst) will be updated when those decisions have been made. 

    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.

  • January: 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.)

  • All new students must attend a virtual group orientation session and fill out the MALS Student Questionnaire in order to register for Spring 2022 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.


Registration for Spring 2022 New Admits

Begins on Tuesday, January 18.

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

MALS New Student Orientation 

Tuesday, January 11th @ 5:30 PM

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.

Key Dates in Spring 2022 Semester


January 11 (Tuesday)
                 MALS New Student Virtual Orientation @ 5:30 PM via Zoom

January 17 (Monday)
                Martin Luther King Jr. Day observed. The Grad Center is closed.

January 18 (Tuesday)
Registration begins for new matriculated students

January 29 (Friday)
                First day of the Spring 2022 semester.

For more information, here is the full Spring 2022 Academic calendar.