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Welcome to Graduate Liberal Studies at Duke

In today’s world, a myriad of voices, perspectives and ideals clamors for our attention.  How do you make sense of it all?  And what will be your contribution? 

Duke Graduate Liberal Studies can help you to navigate this sea of competing ideas and opportunities while pursuing your own passions and interests.  By meeting with others face-to-face to discuss issues both current and timeless under the guidance of renowned Duke scholars, you can expand your understanding of the world and where you fit in.  By developing a personal toolkit that includes interdisciplinary analysis, reading and communication skills, you can develop the mental agility that allows you to move into new intellectual or professional territory. 

Flexible enough to accommodate the needs of both part-time and full-time students, the Duke Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) degree lets you take advantage of the full resources of one of the leading universities in the world to do graduate work designed around your own needs and interests. 

Is Duke Graduate Liberal Studies right for you?



Tuesday February 11, 2020
Megan Mayhew Bergman (MALS 2007) will receive the Phil Reed Environmental Writing Award Reed Award for “Climate Changed , ”...
Friday September 20, 2019
GLS alumna Melody Hunter-Pillion was recently interviewed on WUNC's The State of Things with Frank Stasio . Melody, a 2012...
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Monday July 08, 2019
We are happy to announce that Dr. Anne Mitchell Whisnant has been named to succeed Donna Zapf, who retired at...


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