Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program Dartmouth College (Graduate Studies Programs) Dartmouth College

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program Dartmouth College (Graduate Studies Programs) Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
February 15
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
1 Degree Offered
degrees offered


Interdisciplinary, Immersive, And Flexible Graduate-Level Study At The Country's Top Ivy League, Liberal Arts College

The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) program is part of Dartmouth's Graduate Arts and Sciences school, which offers nineteen graduate programs in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities.

MALS at Dartmouth is a highly selective, inclusive, and diverse program and awards the Master of Arts degree in the following concentrations: Cultural Studies, Creative Writing, Globalization Studies, and General Liberal Studies. Students enter MALS at Dartmouth from different stages in their academic or professional careers. They come from a wide array of backgrounds and include recent college graduates, scholars, doctors, business leaders, and artists, as well as military personnel, writers, educators, and lawyers.

MALS at Dartmouth is designed for individuals who want to engage in self-directed, graduate study in the liberal arts at the Ivy League level. The program affords students full access to both Dartmouth's graduate and undergraduate schools in order to pursue comprehensive, interdisciplinary study. Students create an individualized plan-of-study that significantly enhances their academic and professional credentials. During the past few years, students have received prestigious awards such as the Fulbright Fellowship, the J.B. Reynolds Scholarship, and the MacArthur Genius Grant. The unique, MALS at Dartmouth interdisciplinary experience prepares graduates to advance in their chosen field; pursue doctoral programs across all disciplines; as well as, gain entrance into the professional schools of law, business, and medicine.

Candidates for the MALS at Dartmouth program may attend on a full-time, part-time, or summers only basis (for teachers and other professionals) or in a combination of these patterns. The Dartmouth College academic year operates on a four-term/quarter system. The program generally takes six to eight terms (1 1/2 to 2 years) with full-time attendance, including thesis research and writing; students have six years from the time of entry to complete the requirements and earn their degree.

The Application Process

The academic program at Dartmouth is intensive, so applications are evaluated carefully. A student's motivation, initiative, maturity and ability to do graduate-level work are critical. The program typically enrolls 75 to 90 students during the academic year, and approximately 100 to 120 in the summer session.

The MALS at Dartmouth Admissions Committee requires the completion of an application form, three letters of professional/academic reference, a statement of purpose, and academic transcripts; GRE scores are not required. The application is available online through a link on the MALS at Dartmouth website.

An interview is required prior to the application deadline. Skype or telephone interviews are also acceptable for people outside of the immediate area. Application deadlines are February 15 (for summer or fall enrollment) and July 15 (for winter or spring entry). Successful applicants must enroll within the academic year of acceptance into the program.

Dartmouth's Resources And History Provide Students Extraordinary Access

Dartmouth College's reach and reputation as a member of the Ivy League provides students opportunities to engage with the world's leaders and intellectuals. The College's extensive facilities are available to all graduate students year-round including the College library's collection of more than a million volumes, the Hopkins Center for the Performing Arts, the Hood Museum, Alumni Gym, and numerous other facilities and services.

Dartmouth also provides many other resources for students to engage in additional areas of academic and personal interest including community activism, international and public affairs, and intellectual forums with guest speakers, debates, discussion groups, and student organizations. Some of these resources include the Tucker Foundation, the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Affairs, the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Affairs, the Ethics Institute, the Humanities Center, and the Center for Women and Gender, among many others.

A Rural Setting Balances the World-Class Standing and Fast Pace of Academic Life at Dartmouth

Dartmouth College is located in Hanover, New Hampshire, a small New England town dating back to a few years before the college's founding in 1769. Situated in the Upper Valley of the Connecticut River between the White Mountains of New Hampshire and the Green Mountains of Vermont, Hanover combines the advantages of a spectacular rural setting with the extraordinary resources of a university.

The Dartmouth College campus is approximately 2.5 hours by car from Boston and 3 hours from Montreal. Surrounding airports include Lebanon, Manchester (75 miles), Burlington (96 miles), Boston-Logan (126 miles) and Bradley International (150 miles). There are Amtrak and Greyhound stations approximately 15 minutes from campus in White River Junction, Vermont. The Dartmouth Coach runs daily from Logan Airport and South Station to Hanover.

Location & Contact

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program

Dartmouth College (Graduate Studies Programs)
Dartmouth College

6092 Wentworth Hall
Hanover, NH 03755
United States

Dr. Donald Pease


Phone: 603-646-3592

Wole Ojurongbe


Phone: 603-646-3592
Fax: 603-646-3590

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Liberal Studies Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 30
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


70% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 104
    • Accepted 73
    • Acceptance Rate 70
    • Enrolled 48
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $50
    • Application Fee - International $50
    • Electronic applications accepted? No
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline February 15th Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline July 15th Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline July 15th Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesNot Reported

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsApril 2
    • Types of financial support availableInstitutionally-sponsored Loans

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students75
    • Female Percentage65%
    • Male Percentage35%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students75
    • Part-time Percentage40%
    • Full-time Percentage60%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino9%
    • Black / African American7%
    • White / Caucasian67%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian4%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races5%
    • Unknown8%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty29
    • Full-time Percentage48%
    • Part-time Percentage52%
    • Female Percentage38%
    • Male Percentage62%