City University Of New York, The Graduate Center

The Graduate Center

Individualized Study


365 Fifth Avenue

New York City, NY 10016

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The M.A. in Liberal Studies Program is a thirty-credit degree program that allows students to design and pursue individual courses of study at the CUNY Graduate Center. Flexibility and innovation within the M.A. in Liberal Studies curriculum are essential in order to allow both faculty and students to engage new trends in higher education. Though MALS offers tracks in many interdisciplinary subjects, new areas of study, such as the digital humanities, refugee studies, human rights studies, and postcolonial studies continue to emerge at a rapid pace. The MALS program at the CUNY Graduate Center is well positioned to house this concentration. It already fosters interdisciplinary work and is home to diverse courses and faculty members whose expertise spans large areas of the academic spectrum. Students have the ability to discern the development of nascent fields and should have the freedom to pursue them as part of their coursework for the MALS degree. This proposed track in Individualized Studies empowers students who identify a new area of study for which a MALS track does not currently exist to work closely with the EO or a deputy EO to create an individualized track of study within the program.


All of CUNY’s campuses are accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. All of CUNY’s degree programs are registered with the New York State Department of Education.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 6,000-9,999

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