Master of Arts in Liberal Studies

Reed’s Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) is a graduate program for students who want to pursue interdisciplinary graduate work in a rigorous program that is both flexible and diverse.

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The MALS degree is an alternative to the highly specialized course of study characteristic of most traditional graduate programs. Its broad scope allows students to choose from a wide range of courses and its interdisciplinary nature encourages an enriched intellectual experience in the study of great works and ideas. The curriculum incorporates courses in the arts, humanities, history, social sciences, mathematics, and the sciences.

The resulting experience extends students’ intellectual resources and ranges, promotes openness to new ideas and differences, and advocates a lifelong commitment to learning.

All instructors are members of the Reed College faculty—Reed was voted #1 for “Professors Get High Marks” in the 2023 Princeton Review survey of current college students.

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