Application FAQs

GLS is a program of The Graduate School at Duke University. GLS uses the online application found on The Graduate School's website. GLS seeks individuals with broad intellectual interests who have the capacity, drive and commitment to complete a graduate degree. Applicants should be open to new ideas and perspectives, and ready to learn in an interdisciplinary environment.

Graduate Liberal Studies is committed to supporting its students both academically and financially.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply to the MALS degree?

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The MALS degree is a program of the Graduate School.  To apply, use the online application on the Graduate School website.  We advise you to begin by carefully reading the application instructions.  You will find the instructions and the link to the online application form here:


We also strongly advise that you reference the “Admissions FAQs” on the Graduate School web site as you prepare for and apply to the MALS degree.  The website for “Admissions FAQs” is:

What are the minimum attainments required for the MALS degree?

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  • a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • an undergraduate GPA of 3.2

What if my undergraduate GPA is lower than the required 3.2?

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We take into consideration postgraduate experiences and recent accomplishments.  If you feel that your undergraduate transcript does not accurately reflect your academic ability to meet the challenges of graduate work or if you have a GPA lower than 3.2, please attach a brief document addressing your previous academic record and subsequent accomplishments.  Upload this document in the "Additional Information" section of the online application.

What are the matriculation options and application deadlines in GLS?

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  • The MALS degree can begin in either the spring or fall semester. GLS offers courses three semesters per academic year (i.e., fall, spring and summer).
  • Application deadlines are October 1 for the spring semester and January 31 for the fall semester.
  • The degree can be taken on a part- or full-time basis (including the summer term).
    • Part-time study typically consists of one course per semester. The minimum time to degree following the part-time option is ten terms or three years and one term.
    • Full-time study normally consists of two or more courses per term. The minimum time to degree following the full-time option is four terms or one year and one term.

Does GLS require standardized tests?

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  • GLS does not require the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
  • If you first language is not English, you must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test. The minimum scores are 90 for the internet-based TOEFL and 7.0 for the IELTS test.