The MALS Program

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​In the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) program, you design your degree, combining courses in different disciplines from across the university. With our guidance, you build your own concentration, based on your interests, aspirations, and goals. And you complete the program at your own pace, on your own terms. Your interdisciplinary MALS education immerses you in cutting-edge knowledge, broadens your horizons, and cultivates skills valuable to employers – like thinking critically, communicating effectively, or synthesizing diverse perspectives. 

An interdisciplinary approach to graduate education has become more widespread in recent years, to meet the challenges of our increasingly complex, interconnected world. Founded in 1988, NC State’s MALS program has long been a leader in interdisciplinary education, and an active member of the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs (AGLSP), our field’s top professional organization.