Why MALS?

* IMPORTANT* NOTICE TO PROSPECTIVE APPLICANTS:

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 MALS.Admissions@Dartmouth.edu 

Henry Paige, MALS '14, delivers a talk titled "Hip Hop's Globalization and the Nurturing of Planetary Humanism" in the Kemeny Rotunda during the Student Forum on Global Learning.

MALS student Henry Paige delivers a talk titled, “Hip Hop’s Globalization and the Nurturing of Planetary Humanism” in the Kemeny Rotunda during the Student Forum on Global Learning. (Photo by Eli Burakian ’00)

Students who earn a MALS degree from Dartmouth College have expanded their base of knowledge, analytic insight, creative research, and independent thought.

What can I do with a MALS degree?

During the past few years, our graduates have received prestigious awards such as the Fulbright Fellowship, the J.B. Reynolds Scholarship, and the MacArthur Genius Grant.

Some have gone on to doctoral programs in:

  • English
  • Cultural Studies
  • American Studies
  • Comparative Literature
  • History
  • Language
  • Government
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology

Others have entered professional schools for business, law, medicine, and public policy, or teach at the secondary or college levels.

Our graduates take the next step in their professional or academic career with a heightened confidence in their intellectual strength.

Who Applies to MALS at Dartmouth?

We receive applicants from around the world and from different stages in their academic or professional careers. Our students come from diverse backgrounds and include recent college graduates, scholars, doctors, business leaders, and artists, as well as military personnel, writers, educators, and lawyers. 

Is MALS at Dartmouth a Continuing Education Program?

No. There are no continuing education programs at Dartmouth College. MALS at Dartmouth is a full-degree-awarding, Masters-level program at Dartmouth College.