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Fall 2020 Entering Students


A Welcome new MALS students from the Executive Officer



Degree Structure;  30 credits:

  • A beginning course, MALS 70000, Seminar in Interdisciplinary Studies, and a concluding course, MALS 79000,  are required.  Both are 3 credits.

  • Core courses in your concentration are required. Most concentrations have 2 core courses; others have 3 and you need to do 2 of 3.  This is another 6 credits. 

  • The leaves approximately 6 electives.  You can take them in MALS or another program at the GC.

  • MALS 79000 - Thesis or Capstone + white paper:  In order to complete the course and the program, you need to write a thesis of 50-60 pages of text or create a capstone website/creative project with a 20 page white paper of text.

You can take Summer 2020 Courses as a non-matriculated student:

  • You can take summer courses as a non-matriculated student to get a jump start on your degree.

  • Summer courses not eligible for federal financial aid (since you are yet formally admitted).

  • Course descriptions are online.

  • In light of the COVID-19 pandemic all summer courses will be offered online.

Fall Registration for New Students

  • Course descriptions are online.

  • August: students meet with advising fellows. (All students are assigned an advising fellow, an advanced PhD student, who will advise them on courses and graduate studies during their career.)

  • Late August Events: Group advising sessions, a New Liberal Studies Student Orientation, and an MA Student Orientation for all GC students.



  • You have a CUNYFirst account. This is an online data management system.  It’s how you register for classes, pay bills, etc.  Please make sure you can login!

  • CUNYFirst Empl Id - key number that is needed for just about everything.

Financial Aid

  • Rebecca Dent is our point person. Email:

  • A 6 credit minimum is required to qualify for financial aid.

Support for Student Research, Travel, Internships 

  • We have some funds to support student research, travel, and internships that you can apply for once you are enrolled.

Practical Student’s Guide to MALS 


Mandatory New Student Group Advisement 

These meetings will be announced over the summer.


Registration for Fall 2020 New Admits

Begins on Monday, August 17.

Provided that you have completed all registration requirements, you should be able to register for classes through CUNYfirst.


Key Dates in Fall 2020 Semester

August 26  (Wednesday)
                First day of classes

September 1 (Tuesday)
                Last day to register for the Fall 2020 semester.

September 7 (Monday, Labor Day)
                Last day to register for Fall semester. The GC is closed

September 15  (Tuesday)
                Deadline for filing a drop without a “W”

September 16 (Wednesday)
                Grade of “W” is assigned to students who officially withdraw from the course

For more information, here is the full Fall 2020 Academic calendar.