Master of Arts in Liberal Studies
UNCW's Graduate Liberal Studies (GLS) two programs, the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) degree and the post-Master's certificate in liberal studies, provide a highly integrated exploration of the liberal arts, which not only adheres to the traditional values of broad liberal arts education, but is specifically designed for highly motivated learners who wish to deepen their understanding of the social, scientific, and humanistic dimensions of today's world.
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Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS)
The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) degree provides a highly integrated exploration of the liberal arts, which not only adheres to the traditional values of broad liberal arts education, but is specifically designed for highly motivated learners who wish to deepen their understanding of the social, scientific, and humanistic dimensions of today's world. Though conceptually the MALS degree is not a professional, vocational degree, employers are particularly attracted by MALS graduates because they have been prepared to meet the challenges of a complex world. According to the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs (AGLSP), there are now more than 30,000 graduates of GLS programs nationwide. They reflect a national trend among adults who pursue life-long learning. As adults, they are often employed, full and part-time, and seek a way to fit education into busy adult lives. Balancing work, family and education is no easy task, which may explain why these adults look for flexible programs in which to continue their education. Clearly, a MALS graduate is one who can manage his or her own complicated personal life in order to fit in the time to pursue a graduate degree. Corporations faced with the need to "downsize" for the next century clearly look for individuals who are flexible, creative, and capable of managing complicated schedules and demands. MALS graduates have experienced and mastered these skills. Moreover, an AGLSP study indicates that they come prepared to approach thorny problems facing our society and the world community from a broad interdisciplinary perspective. For example, philosophy and religion, science, history, literature, and social science perspectives enable people to address ethical issues such as those raised by the recently reported research on animal cloning. MALS graduates think through these contemporary questions and are uniquely prepared to solve problems on the job and in their communities. Clearly, then, learning to discuss today's problems from a diversity of perspectives provides the liberal studies graduate with a competitive edge in today's diverse corporate and business environments. If the above strikes a chord with you, please consider our degree as a path to your future. Details as to how to apply and the specific requirements of the degree are provided in the MALS section of the Admissions and Requirements page. Welcome aboard! P.S. We're now online!
General UNCW, as do all reputable universities, has a specific and detailed application process to matriculate in the Graduate School. A link to that application and guidance for the completion of that application as it relates to either the MALS or the Post Master's Certificate in Liberal Studies (PMCLS) programs are available at the links herein or in the left-hand navigation section of this web page. MALS + a Post-Baccalaurate Certificate The MALS degree program allows the combination of some post-baccalaureate programs with GLS courses to be credited towards the MALS degree. Links to the details regarding these combinations are provided below. The application for matriculation into the MALS program is separate from that to the desired post-baccalaureate certificate program. Students are encouraged to apply first to the MALS program and to take several of the core post-baccalaureate certificate courses early on rather than apply to both simultaneously. Why? MALS program policy pertaining to permission to apply to the post-baccalaureate certificate is that a student must both successfully complete two of the required post-baccalaureate courses, and, write a letter to the director applying for permission. As students are permitted to take courses outside the GLS program (meaning courses with a prefix other than "GLS") while matriculated in the MALS degree even if not formally matriculated in the post-baccalaureate certificate, there is less risk in beginning work in the post-baccalaureate certificate area in this way rather than as a post-baccalaureate certificate enrollee. The student experiences courses in the area of the post-baccalaureate certificate and, with that experience, can make an informed decision about continuing to work in that area. However, unless you are formally enrolled in a post-baccalaureate certificate program, you can only be awarded course credit for a total of three courses outside the MALS degree program. We instituted the delayed application to the post-baccalaureate program policy to allow students, even those who came in with a strong interest in both MALS and the post-baccalaureate certificate, to have the freedom to experience both programs before making a commitment to the post-baccalaureate certificate. These certificates are rigorous enough that the reality of their challenges have led to students backing out after taking too many courses in the post-baccalaureate certificate area to be credited to the MALS degree (only 9 hours non-GLS courses allowed). Then, their path to a Master's degree become longer and more expensive.
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Although we have tried to make the application process clear, the application for admission and acceptance into the UNCW Graduate School and the GLS Program can be confusing, especially with the combined MALS and post-baccalaureate certificates. If there are any questions about the process, please use the contact information at our "Our Staff/Contact Us" page to contact us by email or telephone. Requirements Degree requirements for the GLS programs (MALS and PMCLS), e.g., what has to be taken and limitations regarding transfer credits, cross-listed courses, etc., are also available at the relevant links. Other Relevant Areas For detailed information on Scholarships and Assistantships, Academic Regulations, Expenses, and Residency, please use the relevant links in the left-hand navigtion block. Deadlines (11:59 p.m. EST)
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Last updated November 29, 2017