Graduate Liberal Studies Program

Bear Hall


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.

National Ranking

The UNCW Graduate Liberal Studies has been recognized for its online program, ranking 5th in the nation by The Best Master's Degrees! Fourty-three accredited programs that offer online master's degrees in liberal studies, interdisciplinary studies or related fields were ranked based on affordability as well as rankings in major publications, resulting in GLS making the top five. Click here to read the full article.

Points of Interest:

The Spring 2018 orientation was held from 4 - 6 pm, Firday, November 17, 2017, in Randall Hall, Room 2005 and WebEx. Please click the link (underlined) to view the video of this workshop.

The GLSSA Showcase was held from 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Monday, November 6, 2017, in Randall Library, Room 2005 and WebEx. Please click the link (underlined) to view the video of this showcase.

The Fall/Summer 2017 orientation was held from 11:30 - 1 pm, Monday, August 14, 2017, in Randall Hall, Room 2005. Please click the link (underlined) to view the video of this workshop.

The GLSSA Showcase was held from 6 - 9 pm, Thursday, March 30, 2017, in Randall Library, Room 2005. Please click the link (underlined) to view the video of this showcase.

If you are doing research, whether for a class or for your final project, this tutorial is a must-see. It is highly informative and very helpful. Click on the title above and check it out ! !

  • Admission and Degree Requirements -

    • Finding the application:

      For those seeking the application to the UNCW Graduate School, please click on the title above to find its link.
    • Non-Resident Students taking online courses at UNCW:

    • Prior to submission, applicants that reside (i.e., are physically located) outside of North Carolina must refer to the Distance Education website to make certain that UNCW has secured authorization to offer online courses to the residents in their state. If you reside in a state where UNCW is not currently authorized to offer online courses, contact the Office of External Programs at (910) 962-2953 or to determine if authorization can be obtained.
    • Spring 2017 - MALS Spring Orientation Video

Those interested in our program might find this video interesting and enlightening as its primary audience consists of newly matriculated MALS students. Click on the paragraph title to view the video.

For further details about our program, please feel free to browse through the website. We suggest you start with "About Us." Click on the title above to go to the appropriate page.

Having trouble locating the exact GLS web page that you need? Click on the sitemap title above and find it !

Focus on Alumni!

All our alumni are very special people. However, here are some deserving of your and our special attention.

This MALS alumna and researcher at the University of North Carolina Wilmington has turned her research of plastic debris in the ocean into artwork and will take it on a tour around the country. Check the details at Local scientist turns research into traveling art project WECT-TV6.

(Dr. Burke's Cape Fear Community College "Critical Thinking" class created a digital database of hand-written records dating back to the 1730s. The resulting database, "Slave Deeds of New Hanover County" and details about the Research Project can be accessed at Volume 2 of the database has now been published. Note: Volume 1 is also available from the UNC Chapel Hill Libraries at He has also published his second book recently - click on name for details.)

Updated: December 5, 2017