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Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS)

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS)

What is MALS?

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Founded in 1988, the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) at NC State is a unique graduate program that allows students to create individualized programs of study around a topic of their choice.

As a student in this program, you will:

  • Design your own six-course concentration from at least three disciplines (see some examples here)
  • Take at least two MALS Seminars specially designed to engage students and feature a range of topics
  • Get to know a wide variety of students and faculty from across the campus

The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies degree has become increasingly popular and is now offered by over 100 universities. Our MALS Program is a member of the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs, a consortium of universities throughout North America who offer this degree.

In contrast to traditional disciplinary or professional studies, the MALS degree allows students to explore and connect their diverse interests in a personalized way, that complements their life and career goals.

Who are MALS students?

In general, MALS students are looking for personal enrichment and want to learn more about themselves and their world under the guidance of NC State’s outstanding faculty.

Students of the program have varied educational backgrounds and objectives. Examples of MALS students are diverse and might include:students in a MALS seminar

  • an executive seeking a better understanding of community and organizational dynamics
  • a teacher wanting to explore the relationship between environmental science and environmental policy
  • a retiree who has always been interested in the literary and historical foundations of the American experience.

The MALS Program is designed to be flexible for adult, part-time students, many of whom will be working while they are in the program or returning to school after an extended break in education. The special MALS Seminars are offered in the evening to accommodate working students' schedules and alleviate parking problems for everyone.

Mals Graduates