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?


Monday July 17, 2017
GLS is deeply saddened to learn that Kalman Bland, Professor Emeritis of the Department of Religion, died on July 15,...
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Tuesday June 06, 2017
Want to contribute to the future of graduate humanities education at Duke? This looks like a great opportunity to share...
GLS Graduation 2017
The Hooding Ceremony
Wednesday May 24, 2017
On the afternoon of Saturday, May 13, Graduate Liberal Studies held its annual Graduation and Hooding Ceremony at the Washington...


2017 Orientation Week

August 21, 2017 - 4:00 pm to August 26, 2017 - 12:00 am

The Graduate School will hold Orientation Week for incoming students in fall 2017 on August 21-26. The week will include information...