Admission Requirements and Materials

Students desiring to enter the MALS program must submit an online application for admission to the Graduate School. GRE scores are not required. Admission requirements for the MALS program include an undergraduate baccalaureate degree and these application materials:

  • Online Application and Fee: The application process for all NC State graduate programs is handled entirely through a web-based tool. Frequently Asked Questions are available as well as telephone and chat-based assistance should you encounter any problems as you begin your application.
  • Personal Statement: The written statement of objectives is an important part of your application materials and also functions as a writing sample for the admission committee’s evaluation. The statement should be two to three pages long and consists of two parts: describe in detail your reasons for applyingn to the MALS program; and let us know how your life experiences have led you to pursue this degree. 
  • Concentration Plan: 

    Propose a six-course, 18-hour concentration on an interdisciplinary theme or topic. Include a working title for your concentration; a preliminary list of the six courses for your concentration and a few sentences explaining how each course fits into the broader theme you’ve chosen. This is not a final plan; you will finalize your area of concentration once you have completed 15 credit hours in the program, working in consultation with your adviser. The concentration courses must come from at least three different academic disciplines, with no more than two courses from any one department.  At least two courses in the concentration must be humanities or social science courses. Take a look at some concentration examples 

  • Three References: Your references should include any faculty members from whom you have taken courses with in recent years. If you do not have enough former instructors for the three references, you may pick others who are in a good position to judge your motivation, academic potential, and intellectual abilities: employers, supervisors, clergy, co-workers, etc. If you use such non-academic recommenders, please let them know what the program would like them to address in their letters.
  • Resume: Please use the Upload area for Resume/ CV in the online application.
  • Transcripts: Unofficial transcripts from any undergraduate or graduate institution you have attended should be uploaded with your application. If the department recommends that you be admitted, you will then be asked to submit official transcripts to the Graduate School. Only upon receipt of official transcripts will your admission be official.
    • Official Electronic Transcripts should be emailed to  
    • Physical copies of official transcripts should be mailed to:

The Graduate School
North Carolina State University
1000 Main Campus Drive
Campus Box 7102
Raleigh, NC 27695

Application Deadlines

The general application deadline has been extended to March 25.

After submitting your application, you will be contacted to schedule a required on-campus interview with a member of the MALS Advisory Board. Complete application files are reviewed by the board, which then submits recommendations for admission to the Graduate School.

Financial Aid

Various kinds of financial aid are available through the University Financial Aid office, mostly in the form of subsidized loans and on-campus jobs. But it is worth checking with them about fellowships and scholarships for which you might be eligible. Contact the University Financial Aid office in 2016 Harris Hall (off Dan Allen Drive) or at 515-2421.

Collier Scholarship: This award provides funding to graduate students who were varsity athletes at NC State University. Preference is given to graduate students who will be beginning their graduate programs in 2014-15. Two awards will be offered and will be for up to $4500 each.

Green to Gold: If you're an enlisted soldier, Army ROTC can help you continue to grow and learn. The Army Green to Gold program provides options for soldiers interested in pursuing a baccalaureate or graduate degree and earning a commission as an Army officer.

Graduate School Diversity Enhancement Grant Program:  The overarching goal of having a diverse university community is to better educate our students to be active, informed productive participants in a pluralistic society and interdependent world. The purpose of the UNC Campus Scholarship Program and the Diversity Graduate Assistance Grant programs is to promote diversity at the graduate level at NC State.

Staff Tuition Waiver:  The waiver is available to employees of the university system who work 75% time or more, contribute to the retirement system and maintain eligible employment status the entire semester. Personnel of the Armed Forces of the United States assigned under military orders to an ROTC program as a permanent change of station are also eligible for tuition/fee waiver privileges.

Warren-Wolfpack Fellowship:The Warren-Wolfpack Club Graduate Fellowship is a one-year award offered to a top entering graduate student who played a varsity sport either at NC State or at another college or university. Three awards will be offered in 2014-15 in the amount of up to $3000.

Visit Graduate Funding Opportunities for more information.

Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's Program

The Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s (ABM) degree program gives exceptional undergraduate students from any major across NC State University an opportunity to earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree at an accelerated pace. 

MALS allows you to combine courses in different disciplines from across the university to create a specialized concentration. We set guidelines, but you have great flexibility in building a unique concentration based on your academic interests and professional aspirations. The ABM program allows 12 graduate credit hours to be double-counted for both the bachelor's and master's degrees; 18 graduate credit hours must be earned for the master's degree only.

The MALS program requirements consist of three parts:

Interdisciplinary Methods (9 hours)

Concentration (18 hours)

Final Project (3 hours)

Application criteria:

  • At least 75 credit hours completed in your undergraduate program
  • A GPA of at least 3.5

If you believe you might qualify, contact MALS director Dr. Michael Garval for more information.

How to apply to the MALS ABM Program:

  • Meet with the MALS director during your junior year (or after 75 completed credit hours).
  • Meet with your undergraduate program director and MALS director to plan your ABM track.
  • Apply to MALS through the online graduate application at

For complete details on the MALS/ABM Program, contact MALS director Dr. Michael Garval or complete an interest form.