Application Process

Application deadlines

  • September 1, 2022 for winter term 2023 and spring term 2023 enrollment
  • February 15, 2023 for summer term 2023 or fall term 2023 enrollment  

The September Application is now closed.


Click HERE to find the Liberal Studies enrollment application. 


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 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 Creative Writing applicants: Writing Sample of no more than five pages (recommended, but not required) *

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 application formInclude a non-refundable fee of $50.00.

3. Submit your statement of purpose/admission essay with the applicationSee 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. Have official transcripts of your undergraduate and graduate work sent by your institution either to or 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). Please note: official transcripts are not required unless you are admitted. If you are admitted, official transcripts are due by matriculation date.