Frequently Asked Questions

What are the advantages of a MALS degree?

In the MALS program, you design an individualized plan of study to explore your interests in a meaningful way. You integrate diverse academic fields to tackle the issues, questions, problems and trends most relevant to your life and career. This interdisciplinary approach broadens your perspective, deepens your understanding and sharpens your thinking. The intellectual journey is worthwhile in itself, but many of our students also derive professional advantages from their MALS education.

What could this degree do for my career?

An interdisciplinary MALS education cultivates skills valuable to employers in today’s workplace, such as the ability to think critically and analytically. The MALS program will improve your communication, research and problem-solving skills and broaden your horizons. In addition, many of our students tailor their course of study to complement their current job responsibilities or professional aspirations.

How do I apply?

Prospective students must submit an online application for admission to the Graduate School, along with the application materials listed on the Admission Requirements page. The application deadline is March 15.  After submitting these materials, you will be contacted to schedule a required on-campus interview with the MALS Program Director. 

Do I need the GRE?

GRE scores are not required. Admission requirements include an undergraduate baccalaureate degree and the submission of the application materials listed on the Admission Requirements page.

How often do classes meet and at what times?

While class times vary widely at NC State, the special MALS seminars are offered in the late afternoon or evening to accommodate working students' schedules and alleviate parking problems for everyone.

Can I complete the MALS degree online?

You may take courses online, but cannot complete the whole degree online. While some courses are available online, many are not. In particular, the required MALS seminars are only offered on campus, to ensure that students get the full benefits of the classroom experience.

How long will it take me to complete the degree?

The MALS program requires 30 hours of coursework, or 10 three-hour courses. By taking just one course each fall and spring semester, a student could finish the program in five years. By taking additional courses during the year, or during the summer, you can finish sooner.

Can I transfer credits from another university?

Certainly. Up to a total of 12 credits can be transferred, from another university or from PBS (non-degree) courses taken at NC State. Courses must be at least 500-level, match with your concentration, and have a final grade of at least a “B.”  Check with your advisor to see if your credits are applicable.

I'm not sure about a MALS degree. Can I enroll in a course before I apply?

Yes, you can take a course through the non-degree PBS program. We recommend that you try one of our special MALS seminars.

Where do I find courses to create my program?

Students can take courses from various departments at NC State, participate in independent study with a NC State faculty member, or take courses from other universities and have the credit counted toward the NC State MALS degree, though it is important to check with the faculty adviser before doing this. Please see the Degree Requirements page for more detailed information about how to find courses for your program.

What will my diploma say?

Your diploma will read "Master of Arts.”