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M.A. Program in Liberal Studies

ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AND FLEXIBILITY FOR AMBITIOUS LEARNERS

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Join an active, engaged learning community of students and faculty, embracing an interdisciplinary approach and flexible curricula to understand more about the world — and yourself. Whether you’re a working professional, a returning student, or a recent graduate, the Master’s in Liberal Studies (MALS) combines the challenge of graduate work with the freedom to explore new fields of knowledge. Choose from more than 20 academic concentrations in pursuit of an affordable and accessible master’s degree that will make your personal and professional goals a reality.

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Learn alongside master’s and doctoral candidates in small seminar courses led by accomplished and charismatic faculty. Engage in wide-ranging, challenging discussions and develop advanced analytic, critical thinking, and communications skills. Then, complete a final thesis or capstone project that reflects your passions, whether it’s a film, digital portfolio, website, or traditional paper. 

INVEST IN YOUR FUTURE

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The best way to judge an academic program is by looking at the success of its graduates. Our alumni use their degrees to pursue a range of opportunities. Some go on to pursue doctoral degrees, including at Yale; the University of California, Berkeley; and here at The Graduate Center.  Other alumni have gone on to careers in digital publishing, technology, politics, and fashion at organizations like Sesame Street Workshop, HarperCollins Publishers, and the Rubin Museum as well as at the New York City mayor’s office. Our program’s focus on rigorous, cross-disciplinary study gives students the tools to pursue careers that spark their passion and curiosity.

LIFE OF THE MIND IN THE HEART OF THE CITY

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Study in the world’s most remarkable classroom. Besides The Graduate Center’s vibrant academic community — based in midtown, a short walk from Penn Station and Grand Central as well as most offices — students can tap into the vast cultural, intellectual, and scholarly resources of New York City and the entire CUNY system. And because New York is the center of so many industries — media, fashion, finance, and art, to name a few — students will gain access to unparalleled internship and employment opportunities while they work toward their degrees and after they complete them.

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M.A. Program in Liberal Studies
The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue, Suite 4108
New York, NY 10016–4309
Tel: 212-817-8480
Email: liberalstudies@gc.cuny.edu
Acting Executive Officer
Dr. Elizabeth Macaulay-Lewis
emacaulay_lewis@gc.cuny.edu
Deputy Executive Officer
Dr. Karen Miller
kamiller@lagcc.cuny.edu
Assistant Program Officer
Katherine Koutsis
kkoutsis@gc.cuny.edu