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Liberal Arts and Sciences

San Diego State University

12 months
9570 USD/year
9570 USD/year
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The Master of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences (MALAS) is an always-evolving, interdisciplinary cultural studies graduate MA program based in the College of Arts and Letters at San Diego State University.


Key facts

Interdisciplinary Studies and Cultural Studies mean different things to different people. Like most Interdisciplinary Studies academic programs, Liberal Arts and Sciences graduate students from San Diego State University pursue coursework that combines two or more traditional fields from the university; for example, consider the case of a recent MALAS graduate who devised a program of study focused on biology, but with parallel coursework in 20th century history. Or, take another case: a graduate student whose work studied contemporary social rebellions (the Occupy movement; Burning Man), but who was also keen to study, simultaneously, recent trends in visual culture (both film and streaming media). In both cases, the students wanted to study cultural phenomena comparatively, but they also wanted to change the world, to leave it a better place than the way they found it.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Cultural Studies
  • Science and Society/Environmental Studies
  • Globalization, Technology, & Future Studies
  • Media Studies, Fine Arts, & the Transformative Arts

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Complete the Cal State Apply Application
  • Create an SDSU WebPortal Account
  • Submit Official Transcripts and Diploma/Degree Certificate
  • Submit Official Test Scores
  • Submit Program Specific Documents
  • Applicants who have earned a three-year baccalaureate degree from an international institution, may be considered for admission.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    9570 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9570 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    9570 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9570 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for San Diego

1400 - 2455 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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