A total of 30 credits is required to complete the MALS program. This includes nine classes (27 credits) and a capstone research project (three credits).

There are two factors that govern the nine courses required for the MALS degree: the type of course and the subject matter of the course.

Types of MALS Courses

Guidelines for Students at Camden Campus

There are three types of courses that are listed under MALS numbers:

1. Graduate classes for MALS students and from other graduate programs.  A few courses will be offered specifically for MALS students. Other courses are offered primarily for students in other graduate programs (e.g., history, English, childhood studies, psychology, etc.), but they also permit a small number of MALS students to enroll.

2. Cross-listed advanced undergraduate courses. Certain undergraduate courses that are 300-level and above will allow a small number of MALS students to enroll for graduate credit using a MALS course number. The majority of students in these classes will be undergraduates. MALS students taking such courses for graduate credit are generally expected to complete additional readings or assignments beyond what is required of undergraduate students. You may take no more than two courses in this category. (You will usually be able to identify cross-listed undergraduate classes by checking cross-listed course numbers. A MALS class that is cross-listed with a course that starts with 50 is probably an undergrad class.

3. Online MALS classes. An important part of the MALS experience is the actual face-to-face discussions that happen in graduate seminars. Online courses offer a different kind of educational experience that you are also welcome to try.  For some students, distance from Rutgers and/or scheduling issues may make it difficult or impossible to take face-to-face MALS classes. Such students may choose to complete the degree entirely or almost entirely online. You should be aware that there is a smaller selection of on-line courses than face-to-face courses, though the number of on-line courses will be increasing in response to demand for those classes. 

Graduate and undergraduate courses that are not cross-listed with MALS numbers may be eligible for MALS credit by special written permission of the MALS director. Such courses will count under the limits listed in above.

Guidelines for Students at Joint Base (McGuire, Fort Dix, Lakehurst)

Students at the Joint Base may take any MALS courses offered at that location. They may also take courses on the Camden campus subject to rules above.

Guidelines for Students in the Fully Online Program

Students may take any online MALS courses offered. The subject area rules listed below will apply.

Subject Areas of MALS Courses

The subject matter of the courses selected for the program should include the following areas, regardless of which of the types of courses listed above they are.

  • Courses in at least three different academic disciplines
  • At least two courses (6 credits) in humanities (art, history, literature, philosophy, religion, etc.)
  • At least two courses (6 credits) in social sciences (anthropology, psychology, political science, sociology, criminal justice, etc.)
  • One course on either non-western cultures or issues pertaining to gender and/or minorities