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Frequently Asked Questions

The MALS program gives adult students, many of whom work full-time, the opportunity to pursue a graduate degree on a part-time basis. Students study and interact primarily with senior faculty in the University of Miami's College of Arts and Sciences. Courses are designed for students seeking in-depth study, personal growth and the desire to develop critical thinking.

How do I apply?

Applicants are encouraged to apply online.  You may also mail or bring your application, personal statement, essay, and application fee to the Office of Interdisciplinary & Professional Studies, 1300 Campo Sano Avenue, Suite 215, Coral Gables, FL  33146.  Official transcripts and three letters of recommendation (from former professors or other persons qualified to evaluate your ability to succeed in graduate school) must also be submitted.

Do I need to take the GRE to apply to MALS?


I'm not sure about a MALS degree. Can I enroll in a course to try it out?

Yes.  You have the option of applying as a non-degree seeking student for a maximum of 6 credits.  Upon receiving a grade of B or higher in those courses, you may transfer them into the MALS program.  For more information, please contact our recruiter, Catherine Shaw at (305)284-8783 or cathyshaw@miami.edu.

When may I begin my studies?

The MALS program offers rolling admission.  You may begin in the Fall (late August), Spring (mid-January), Summer A (mid-May) or Summer B (late June).

Who teaches MALS courses?

MALS courses are taught by full-time University of Miami faculty, including some of the most renowned scholars in the College of Arts and Sciences. 

How often do classes meet and at what times?

Each course meets once a week in the evenings in the Fall and Spring and twice a week during summer sessions.

How large are classes?

The majority of courses are offered in seminar classrooms and average between 10 to 15 students. 

Are online courses available?

Online courses are not yet offered, but will be coming soon.

Can elective courses be taken from other departments?

Students may enroll in other University of Miami graduate degree courses with the approval of the MALS director. Intersession courses are not allowed in the MALS program.

How long will it take me to complete the degree?

The Graduate School requires that all work be completed within 6 years of the time of admission to a graduate program. Most MALS students complete their studies in 2-3 years. 

Can I transfer credits from another university?

A maximum of 6 credits of graduate study may be transferred into the MALS program, with approval of the MALS director and the Graduate School.  Transferred courses must have a grade of B or higher.

How will this degree affect my career?

The earning of a University of Miami Master’s Degree is impressive on any resumé. The program is designed to assist you in developing research and writing skills, widening your problem-solving capabilities, exposing you to an interdisciplinary intellectual experience, and developing the analytical thinking and communication skills that mark a truly educated person.

What is considered full-time study?

Students enrolled in 9 or more credits are considered full-time. The maximum number of credits allowed for full-time study is 12 for each semester.

What is the process for readmission?

Students who have not been continuously enrolled for regular sessions must request readmission. Contact the Office of Interdisciplinary & Professional Studies at (305)284-8783 in advance of registration to request an Application for Readmission form. If additional college work has been completed elsewhere since the last enrollment at the University of Miami, an official transcript of this will be required. How do I withdraw from the program?

*Notify the Office of Interdisciplinary and Professional Studies if you plan to withdraw from the program.