Application Process

Application deadlines

  • July 15, 2020 for winter term 2021 or spring term 2021 enrollment 
  • October 1, 2020 for spring term 2021 enrollment
  • February 15, 2021 for summer term 2021 or fall term 2021 enrollment  



The Application system to the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) program (through the Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies at Dartmouth) will be off-line from June 30, 2020 to July 31, 2020, while we make updates to our system. 

A link to a new application system for 2020-2021 will be available by August 1, 2020.

We will continue accepting submitted applications on Apply Yourself through June 29, 2020 for the July 2020 application cycle.

For more details, please direct all inquiries to  


All applications will be reviewed after the application deadline. 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 Online Application form
  • Admissions Interview with the Program Director
  • Transcripts of all previous post-secondary education
  • Statement of academic purpose
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation (at least one academic reference required)
  • TOEFL (or IELTS) score, if applicable
  • Payment of the application fee

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. Schedule your Admissions Interview with the Program Director through the MALS office by emailing or calling 603.646.3592 no later than 30 days prior to the application deadline.

2. Complete and submit the online application form. Include a non-refundable fee of $50.00.

3. Submit your statement of purpose/admission essay with the application. See admission essay guidelines.

4. Provide three letters of reference. Letters may be uploaded directly to the online application or sent to the MALS office with the MALS reference form. Letters of reference should be from the following categories:

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

5. Send official transcripts of your undergraduate and graduate work to the MALS office at:

MALS Program
Dartmouth College
6092 Wentworth Hall
Hanover NH 03755

(ALL credit-bearing coursework MUST be documented by an official transcript).