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Dartmouth College

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program

Hanover, NH


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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 the Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies at Dartmouth, which offers 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 in Liberal Studies 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 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 (about 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.

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 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 admissions interview is required prior to the application deadline. Skype or telephone interviews are 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 enrollment). 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 Baker-Berry 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 Montgomery Fellows Program, the Tucker Center, the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy, the Ethics Institute, and the Leslie Center for the Humanities, 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 in Boston, as well as from New York City, directly to Hanover.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) Creative writing

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 51

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? Yes
Evening/weekend programs available? No
Distance learning programs available? No

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirement
Master's Degrees Thesis Required



Application Fee - Domestic
applications accepted?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline February 15th February 15th No
Winter deadline July 15th July 15th No
Spring deadline October 15th July 15th No

Entrance Requirements

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Types of financial support available Institutionally-sponsored Loans

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
International Breakout (representing other countries)


Hispanic/Latino 4.05%
Black or African American 9.46%
White or Caucasian 68%
American Indian or Alaska Native 2.7%
Asian 14.19%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races Not Reported
Unknown Not Reported


Male (46%)
Female (53%)


Total faculty
Full-time - 9
Part-time - 12
Male (13)
Female (8)

Location & Contact

Address HB 6092
116 Wentworth Hall
Hanover, NH  03755
United States
Contact Admissions Coordinator
Email: Mals.Admissions@Dartmouth.Edu
Phone: 603-646-3265

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