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Graduate Liberal Studies

For more information contact

Director, Graduate Liberal Studies Program
Duke University
Box 90095
Durham, NC 27708-0095
(919) 684-3222

General Information

Degree offered:
A.M., M.D./A.M. (Note: Applicants interested in the M.D./A.M. will make application to the Medical Center rather than to the Graduate School.)
Faculty working with students:
Faculty from throughout the University teach and supervise student work.
Students receiving Financial Aid:
80% from GLS scholarships, outside scholarships and grants, or employee tuition assistance.
Part time study available:
Test required:
GRE General: Optional; TOEFL or IELTS required for international applicants
Application Deadlines

Program Description


Both Spring and Fall semester admission available. 

The Graduate Liberal Studies (GLS) program offers a challenging, interdisciplinary master's degree available on a full- or part-time basis. LS courses are offered in the evening, making part-time study available for students who do not wish to interrupt their careers. The 30 unit program (9 courses and a final project) consists of interdisciplinary liberal studies seminars, courses from other Graduate School departments, study-abroad courses, and a final project. Graduate certificates are also available in areas such as African and African-American Studies, International Development Policy, and Latin American Studies. The broad scope of the degree allows students to choose from a wide range of courses not available in traditional graduate programs, resulting in a multidisciplinary experience that promotes intellectual development and is flexible enough to meet a variety of personal and professional educational goals.

The A.M. in the GLS program is available to medical students in their third year of study. For more information about the MD/MALS see the School of Medicine bulletin or contact Margaret Humphreys, M.D., Ph.D., Box 90719, Durham, NC  27710; (919) 684-2285;

Other Requirements

Application instructions and scholarship application are available on the Graduate Liberal Studies website: Applicants must submit a statement of purpose, a two- to four-page analytical essay and a curriculum vitae with the application.  See the GLS website for more detailed expectations concerning the statement and the essay. A personal interview is required in addition to all written materials. GLS scholarship applications should be submitted directly to the GLS program.


Please note the following about the statistics listed below: Because the Graduate Liberal Studies program does not require the GRE, those statistics for the program are not representative of the full class profile; because admission statistics do not include Spring admissions, those statistics only represent a portion of the class.


Spring Application

Master’s only