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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?



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Monday April 01, 2019
GLS student Bob Shaw is among twelve graduate students selected to present their research at the 7th Annual Duke GRADx...
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Wednesday February 27, 2019
R. Larry Todd, Professor of Music at Duke University, and Marc Moskovitz were awarded the American Library Association's 2018 CHOICE...
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Friday February 08, 2019
Paper proposals for the 2019 AGLSP Conference " The Commons: Exploring Common Ground in Uncommon Times " are due March...


2019 Exemplary Master's Project Celebration

May 9, 2019 - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
East Duke Parlors

SAVE THE DATE: Please plan to join us for exemplary master's project presentations, followed by a reception, on Thursday, May 9, at 6 p....

2019 GLS Graduation and Hooding Ceremony

May 11, 2019 - 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Washington Duke Inn & Golf Course
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The Graduate Liberal Studies commencement ceremony will be held on May 11 in the Ambassador Ballroom at the...