Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS)

Wesleyan’s Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) is an interdisciplinary degree allows you to engage both deeply and broadly across the curriculum. This interdisciplinary program is designed with working adults in mind, although you may elect to pursue full-time study. Courses are primarily offered in the evenings during the spring, summer, and fall terms. Students have up to six years to complete the requirements for the degree.

Students must hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent to be eligible to pursue this plan of study.

MALS students complete a program of study with a concentration of courses in one area, complemented by an equal number of courses outside the area of concentration. Completing a capstone is an option in the MALS degree program, and students may also elect to simultaneously earn the Graduate Certificate in Writing.

Distribution Requirements for the MALS:
  • 6 courses (18 credits) within the area of concentration
  • 6 courses (18 credits) outside the area of concentration
  • Courses must be taken in at least three of the five areas of concentration
  • Optional master's essay or project instead of the sixth course within concentration
Areas of Concentration
Click on each concentration to see a sample plan of study.

During your course of study, you will be advised on your academic plan and progress by the associate director of Continuing Studies. To work individually with a faculty member for specialized academic guidance, you may pursue tutorials and/or a capstone. The GLS Writing Tutor is available to work with degree candidates to formulate capstone proposals, as well as to offer other academic writing-related support.