Graduate Liberal Studies gives students the tools to approach any subject with the critical reasoning, creative thinking, and high-level communication skills that will advance them in every aspect of their personal and professional lives. Rather than becoming specialists in narrow fields, GLS graduates possess the highly-valued ability to connect across disciplines, identify multiple possibilities, and argue all sides of a topic.
"I made the best decision...for my Master's. Although I am learning from experts in their fields about reading, writing, data, art, photography, etc., I am also learning about people, culture, life, and myself through the interactions within class with the professors and fellow students. I know I couldn't get this anywhere else."
- Anthony Albrecht, MALS '16
Graduate Liberal Studies at Wesleyan is designed to help you meet your professional needs and fulfill your personal interests. Wesleyan offers a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) and the more advanced Master of Philosophy in Liberal Arts (MPhil), as well as a Graduate Certificate in Writing and non-degree graduate study. Courses are offered in visual arts, art history, creative and professional writing, literature, history, mathematics, film, government, education, biology, psychology, astronomy, and more. Students with interests beyond our curriculum may study one-on-one with faculty. Our course selection and scheduling options allow you to build an academic plan that is specific to you and your goals, while taking advantage of the extraordinary resources of a world-class university. Need-based scholarship and other forms of financial assistance are available to assist you in financing your studies.
Graduate Liberal Studies is writing and research intensive, giving you the most highly sought-after qualities in today's marketplace: highly articulate communication and intensely creative thinking. Our students and alumni are diverse in age, academic interest, cultural background, and career path - members of our community include professional artists and writers, business owners, architects, fundraisers, administrators, teachers, and more.
As a student, you will have full access to Wesleyan's academic resources, including our outstanding libraries, technology services, discounts on performances, dining, and local shopping, and a membership to our world-class athletic center.
Imagine being in an academic setting with some of the world's top scholars and award-winning professors; your classmates are intellectual, creative and engaged; your classes are truly exciting, rigorous and rewarding. If you see yourself being successful and happy in that environment, then we hope you'll join us – because that is Graduate Liberal Studies at Wesleyan.