Follow Your Curiosity

Welcome to Graduate Liberal Studies at Duke

Would you like to better understand how globalization, race or gender affect your everyday life?  Examine the relationship of mind, brain and body?  Study the history of terrorism, the ethics of food production or the role of originality in art markets?  Explore the ecology of the North Carolina mountains?  Study live theater in London or international politics at Oxford?  

The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) degree at Duke University offers a rich selection of seminars within a graduate program that gives you the freedom to chart your own course of study. Flexible enough to accommodate the needs of both full-time and part-time students, the MALS degree is an opportunity to explore questions of enduring concern and contemporary urgency at one of the nation's leading institutions of higher learning.  Is Duke GLS right for you?


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Monday November 20, 2017
Graduate Liberal Studies celebrates the life of GLS alumna Lottie Applewhite who died May 15, 2017. We express profound gratitude...
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Tuesday October 24, 2017
Graduate Liberal Studies will roll out three new seminars in the Spring 2018 term. Pianist R. Larry Todd, Arts and...
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Wednesday August 23, 2017
On August 23, Graduate Liberal Studies welcomed 20 new students with an orientation luncheon at the Washington Duke Inn and...


Application Deadline for Fall 2018 Entry

The admissions process is careful and thorough, and requires a personal interview in addition to all written materials. The Graduate Liberal Studies Advisory Committee, whose members are Duke graduate faculty, participates in the interview process and meets to make admission decisions for the fall and spring terms.

Jan 31, 2018 - 5:00 pm