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.


Spring Registration for New Students
  • Course descriptions are online.
  • January: 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.)

MALS Student Questionnaire

  • All new admits must fill out this form to register for Spring 2023 courses. The deadline to submit this form is before noon on January 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.