Application Process

Application deadlines

The MALS Application window for Summer and Fall 2024 terms is now CLOSED.



Click HERE to find the Liberal Studies enrollment application. 


All completed applications submitted by or on the deadline will be reviewed by the committee after the application is closed. MALS at Dartmouth does not offer rolling admissions.

Students may matriculate into the program at the beginning of any of Dartmouth's four terms: summer, fall, winter, or spring. All terms are ten weeks long.

It is strongly recommended that international students matriculate during the fall term in order to take full advantage of all opportunities available through the Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies Orientation.

Students must enroll within the academic year of their admission, and all degree requirements must be satisfied within six academic years of entry into the program.

Required Application Materials

A complete application to the MALS at Dartmouth program includes:

  • Completed Application form
  • Unofficial Transcripts of all previous post-secondary education in English
    • Official transcripts are required if you are admitted, anything submitted with your application will be considered unofficialOfficial transcript submision instructions will be provided with your letter of admission. 
  • Required Essays (for more information click here
  • MALS Supplmental Form (inluding Statement of Purpose and Optional Personal Statement) 
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation (at least one academic reference required)
  • TOEFL or IELTS score, if applicable
    • Self-reported/unofficial scores may be submitted for the application process; official scores must be submitted upon matriculation, just like official transcripts. Official scores must be sent to the Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies with the ETS code/short code: 3351)  
  • Payment of the application fee (Our office does not offer fee waivers) 
  • *For Creative Writing applicants: A Writing Sample of no more than five pages (recommended, but not required). 
    • There is a spot on the application to upload materials including a writing smaple. 

For candidates who have been out of college for many years, or who feel that their undergraduate performance does not accurately reflect their ability, please submit additional professional references.

Application Process

1. Complete and submit the application formInclude a non-refundable fee of $50.00. The MALS office does NOT offer waviers for this fee. 

2. Submit your Guarini School Essays with the application. The information on these required essays can be found here

3. Submit your MALS Supplement form addressing both your Statement of Purpose and optional essay. 

4. Provide three letters of reference. Letters should be uploaded directly to the online application. Letters of reference should be from the following categories:

  • Academic (at least one academic reference required)
  • Professional (supervisor or administrator)

5. Upload your unofficial transcripts to your application. Any transcript submitted with your application will be considered unofficial. If you are accepted, official transcript submission instructions will be sent with your admission letter, official transcripts must be submitted before matriculation.  ALL credit-bearing coursework MUST be documented by an official transcript.

6. If you wish to be considered for Scholarships and Financial Aid, please visit the Financial Aid section of our website for detailed instructions.





For more information

Any applicant questions can be directed to our Admissions Coordinator at or

Applicants who wish may request an information session (Q&A) with the Program Director to get to know the program. To do so, please contact the MALS office by emailing or by calling 603.646.3592. This is a completely OPTIONAL opportunity, but please reach out as soon as you have questions.