Degree Requirements

  • A total of 30 credits are required to earn the MALS degree.
  • All MALS students must take Introduction to Graduate Liberal Studies (MALS601). This three-credit seminar provides an review of graduate level academic writing and research and the nature of interdisciplinary study.
  • Students also choose two MALS core courses.
  • The other five courses may be selected from anything MALS offers, including core courses and electives. Students can choose from other graduate courses at UD (permission for up to six credits outside the program is automatic; additional courses outside the program need approval from Faculty Advisory Committee).
  • At the end of the program, students complete either a traditional master’s thesis or a more creative, alternative project. Six credits of MALS 869 (thesis) or MALS 879 (project) are required.
  • Most MALS students take one or two classes a semester. The degree is designed to be completed on a part-time basis. Students can take a leave of absence if needed by contacting the director.