Graduate Liberal Studies Online

Applicants, please note: Prior to submission, applicants that reside (i.e., are physically located) outside of North Carolina must refer to the Distance Education website to make certain that UNCW has secured authorization to offer online courses to the residents in their state. If you reside in a state where UNCW is not currently authorized to offer online courses, contact the Office of External Programs at (910) 962-2953 or to determine if authorization can be obtained.

Starting in Fall 2009, it will be possible to complete the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) degree and the Post-Master's Certificate (PMC) in Liberal Studies taking only online courses.

As a large number of students in the UNCW Graduate Liberal Studies Program work full time while pursuing their degree, we have always tried to accommodate our students’ schedules by offering most of our courses in the evening or late afternoon. GLS also offers courses to Onslow County Extension students, many of whom have difficulty attending and completing the program because of military deployment. Onslow students have been requesting online GLS courses for several years, and more recently, main campus students have been requesting them as well.

In an attempt to meet the changing needs of our students, we will offer online GLS courses both from the main and extension campuses. At least one each semester will be for Onslow County students only.

By Fall 2011, the GLS Program will be fully online. “Fully online” in this case means that it will be possible to complete the both the MA degree and the PMC certificate online in the same timeframe as that of a traditional classroom program. GLS will continue to offer traditional in-class courses too, though we hope that most of our students will take at least a few online courses in the future.

Each online course will seek to maintain the “Special Features of the GLS Program”:

Our faculty will continue to be as available to our students as before, and technology permits the same interaction with fellow students. The medium may be changing, but the quality of the courses and the program remains the same!

Last Update: June 3, 2015

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