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 participate actively in creating their own graduate-level learning experience. Applicants should be open to new ideas and perspectives, and ready to learn in an interdisciplinary environment. Life and work experience, as well as prior academic record, are important factors in admissions decisions. Please see The Graduate School's website for any questions you have about the application process.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply to the GLS program?

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Graduate Liberal Studies (sometimes known as "MALS" for our degree, the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies) 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 GLS.  The website for “Admissions FAQs” is:

What are the minimum qualifications for admission to GLS?

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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 non-academic personal and professional accomplishments for all students, but are especially aware that these factors are important to consider for students who have been out of undergraduate school awhile.  If you feel that your undergraduate transcript does not accurately reflect your 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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  • Students can begin the program in either the spring or fall semester.
  • GLS offers courses three semesters per academic year (fall, spring and summer).
  • Application deadlines may be found here.
  • The degree can be completed 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, but part-time students have up to six years to finish.
    • 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. Full-time students have up to four years to finish the program.

Does GLS require standardized tests?

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  • GLS does not require the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
  • If your first language is not English, please see the Duke Graduate School Website for more information on language testing requirements.