About Us

The Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs (AGLSP) is an international organization of over 105 institutional members that share a common interest in graduate-level liberal education primarily serving adult, part-time students. Founded in 1975, the AGLSP represents a broad cross-section of higher education–from small liberal arts colleges to large, research-oriented universities in the public and private sectors. AGLSP Constitution


The Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs is a forum for the exchange of information and ideas among Graduate Liberal Studies programs, their students, their alumni, and other programs of related curricula and goals. The Association promotes the concept and goals of Graduate Liberal Studies, fosters high standards in GLS programs, provides guidance for institutions considering initiating and improving such programs, and promotes public awareness of the programs.

The programs represented by the members of the Association offer graduate degrees that are interdisciplinary in nature and adhere to the values of liberal arts education. These programs provide an alternative approach to continued learning for adult students who seek broad, interdisciplinary paths to knowledge, usually in a flexible format that accommodates nontraditional students. Degrees commonly offered by GLS programs are the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS), Master of Liberal Studies (MLS), Master of Liberal Arts (MLA), and Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS).

Officers 2014

Bob Smither
President: Bob Smither, Rollins College

Deborah Finkel
Vice President: Deborah Finkel, Indiana University Southeast

Michele Mrak
Treasurer: Michele Mrak, Southern Methodist University

Board Members 2014

Martin Anderson
Martin Anderson
, Dominican University of California

Martha Banz
Martha Banz
, University of Oklahoma

John Freeman
John Freeman
, Rice University

Michael Garval
Michael Garval, North Carolina State University

Marylu Hill
Marylu Hill, Villanova University

Stephanie Schechner
Stephanie Schechner
, Widener University

Ex Officio

Ken Smith
Ken Smith
, Indiana University South Bend, Editor, Confluence, The Journal of Graduate Liberal Studies

Administrative Manager, AGLSP Home Office

Marialana Weitzel

Contact Us

The AGLSP Office is located at Duke University. Please contact us at:

AGLSP Home Office
c/o Duke University
Box 90095
Durham, NC 27708-0095
Phone: 919.684.1987
Fax: 919.681.8905