Graduate Liberal Studies Program

Graduate Liberal Studies Online

Applicants, please note: 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.

Since Fall 2009, students have been able to complete the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) degree and the Post-Master's Certificate (PMC) in Liberal Studies by taking only online courses. By Fall 2011, the GLS Program became fully online. "Fully online" in this case means that it is possible to complete the both the MA degree and the PMC certificate online in the same timeframe as that of a traditional classroom program. GLS will continue to offer traditional face-to-face courses as enrollment for online courses rise.

As a large number of students in the UNCW Graduate Liberal Studies Program work full time while pursuing their degree, we have always tried to accommodate our students' schedules by offering most of our courses in the evening or late afternoon. GLS also offers courses to Onslow County Extension students, many of whom have difficulty attending and completing the program because of military deployment. Onslow students have been requesting online GLS courses for several years, and more recently, main campus students have been requesting them as well.

In an attempt to meet the changing needs of our students, we will offer online GLS courses both from the main and extension campuses. At least one each semester will be for Onslow County students only.

Each online course will seek to maintain the "Special Features of the GLS Program":

  • The opportunity to be part of the only GLS program in the eastern part of North Carolina and to study at one of the premier regional universities in the South as frequently acknowledged by annual surveys conducted by U.S. News and World Report.
  • An innovative curriculum, including: social concerns and cultural systems; environment, science and society; arts, literature, and society with post-baccalaureate certificates possible in gerontology and Hispanic studies.
  • The opportunity to create and pursue an individualized course of study that best meets the student's personal interests and needs.
  • Stimulating interaction with a mature, enthusiastic community of life-long learners.
  • A personal, truly student-oriented touch, both in terms of academic counseling and a teaching faculty fully committed to teaching excellence.
  • Access to a first-rate academic library and state-of-the-art computing resources.
  • The opportunity to refine the student's communication, analytical, and problem-solving skills.

Our faculty will continue to be as available to our students as before, and technology permits the same interaction with fellow students. The medium may be changing, but the quality of the courses and the program remains the same!

Last Update: October 26, 2017