MALS Incoming 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. 
  • This 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.
  • August: students meet with advising fellows. (All students are assigned an advising fellow, an advanced Ph.D. student, who will advise them on courses and graduate studies during their career.)
  • Registration for new students begins on August 15, 2023.
  • First day of Fall 2023 classes is on August 25, 2023.

MALS Student Questionnaire

  • All new admits must fill out this form to register for Fall 2023 courses. The deadline to submit this form is before noon on August 10th, 2023.
  • All new students must attend a mandatory group advising session and complete the MALS Student Questionnaire in order to have their "advisement hold" lifted and be eligible to register for courses on CUNYfirst.
  • 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
  • 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 assistantships, travel research, and non-paid internships that you can apply for once you are enrolled. Please email the for more information.
MALS Practical Guide
  • There is lots of information – please review.
  • Send general program questions to

Academic Calendar

  • Contains important dates for the semester. 

Building Access

  • In light of the COVID-19 pandemic please review this link on how to gain building access in.