Design Your Degree: Pursue Your Passions
NC State’s unique, highly respected Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) program is designed to empower you to create your own path of graduate study. Follow your interests and build on your skills as you pursue your interdisciplinary master’s degree.
As a MALS student, you will:
- Design your own six-course concentration from at least three disciplines (see sample concentrations here)
- Take at least two MALS seminars specially designed to engage graduate students, and featuring wide-ranging topics
- Get to know students and faculty from across disciplines and around campus
Taking an interdisciplinary approach to graduate education has become more widespread in recent years: more than 100 universities around the nation now offer a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies degree.
NC State’s MALS program, first offered in 1988, was an early leader in the field. Our program is a member of the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs, a consortium of universities throughout North America who offer this degree. Our director serves as treasurer of its board of officers.
In contrast to traditional disciplinary or professional studies, the MALS program allows you to explore and connect your diverse interests in a personalized way, one that complements your life and career goals.