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About MALS

The M.A. in liberal studies (MALS) is an interdisciplinary graduate program that puts you in charge. Design your own degree, at a pace that works for you.

How it Works

  • With our guidance, build your own concentration based on personal interests, aspirations and goals.
  • Set the pace for your own graduate studies. Take one class at a time — or more. It’s up to you.
  • Complete a culminating project that exemplifies your expertise and helps solve real problems.
  • Study multiple disciplines, broaden your horizons and cultivate valuable skills.

Our Community

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Our graduate students are as diverse as their courses of study. Many work full-time and appreciate our flexible approach, including evening seminars and classes. Others have specific goals that an advanced degree and focused coursework will further. Some exceptional undergraduates pursue their master’s degree through our accelerated bachelor’s-master’s program.

They understand the great value of an NC State graduate degree. And all have a passion for learning and relish the academic rigor of graduate-level coursework with top-flight faculty from across NC State.

With the option to take classes one at a time — and our affordable tuition — you set the pace as well as the curriculum for your graduate studies.

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Considering applying? Want to chat? Fill out our interest form to learn more about the MALS program and get in touch with program faculty and staff.

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Program Outcomes

Why pursue a MALS Degree?

In our 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.

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 abilities. In addition, many of our students tailor their course of study to complement their current job responsibilities or professional aspirations.

Strong Track Record

Founded in 1988, NC State’s MALS program has a long, rich history in interdisciplinary education.