The below FAQs relate specifically to Georgetown’s Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) degree program. Please visit the School of Continuing Studies Admissions page for additional information related to the application process, tuition, financial aid, and more.
Current students may find information on academic policies, curriculum structure, degree conferral, and more in the the MALS Student Handbook. Questions regarding course registration and advising may be directed to program staff.
Program-Specific Questions:Who should apply?
The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program draws students from a wide variety of industries, including the federal government, private sector, associations, healthcare, non-profits, and education. For some, their last time in a classroom was not long ago; for others, it has been many decades. What connects our students is a shared passion for lifelong learning and an eagerness to cultivate the contemporary skills needed for career advancement and lifelong success.Where are classes held?
The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program is held on Georgetown University’s main campus, located at 37th and O Streets in N.W., Washington D.C. For directions to main campus, click here.How long does it take to complete the program?
The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program offers a flexible format, allowing students to grow personally and professionally in other commitments outside of the program. Courses are held in the evenings to accommodate working professionals. Given the flexible nature, students may enroll in one, two, or three courses per semester, allowing them to complete the program on a timeline that works for them. Typically, students complete the program in two to three years, but ambitious students may complete it in as little as one and a half years.How many credits is the program?
Students may choose from two program tracks to earn the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies degree: 1) the 30-Credit Degree Plan, which requires a thesis, or 2) the 36-Credit Degree Plan, which does not require a thesis.Is a thesis required?
While a thesis offers a great career benefit and opportunity to showcase your personal and professional growth in the program, it is not required for degree completion. Students may choose from two program tracks to earn the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies degree (one with a thesis, and one without).How many students are in each class?
Class sizes are generally held to 25 or fewer students, allowing for specialized faculty attention and lively classroom discussion.Are there opportunities for prospective students to sit in on classes or learn more about the curriculum?
Yes! Throughout the year, we offer events for prospective students, including information sessions, online webinars, and sample classes. Students who are not able to attend one of these visit opportunities are welcome to stop by the Graduate Liberal Studies Office, located in Suite 225 of the Intercultural Center on Georgetown’s main campus at 37th and O Streets in N.W., D.C., to meet with program staff. Additional information on scheduling a visit, including a campus map and office hours, can be found on our Contact Us page.I am interested in continuing my education in the Doctor of Liberal Studies program after completing my Master of Arts in Liberal Studies degree. Do I need to reapply for the doctorate program?
Yes, you will need to submit a separate application for consideration into the Doctor of Liberal Studies program after completing the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program. Given the competitive nature of the doctorate program and the small size of the cohort, admission is highly selective. Students are encouraged to speak with Admissions for more information on applying to the Doctor of Liberal Studies program.