About Us

The Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs (AGLSP) is an international organization of over 88 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 all others with related intellectual and institutional goals. The Association promotes the concept and goals of Graduate Liberal Studies, fosters high standards in GLS programs, provides guidance for institutions considering initiating, sustaining, and improving such programs, and promotes public awareness of the programs.

The programs represented by the members of the Association offer graduate degrees and certificates that are interdisciplinary in nature and adhere to the values of liberal arts education. These programs provide an alternative approach to continued learning for students who seek broad, interdisciplinary paths to knowledge, usually in a flexible format that accommodates all 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), Master of Interdisciplinary Studies (MIS), Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS), Master of Humanities (MH), Doctor of Liberal Studies (DLS), and Doctor of Liberal Arts (DLA).

Officers 2016


President:  Martha Banz, University of Oklahoma, College of Liberal Studies


Vice President: Michael Garval, North Carolina State University


Treasurer: Christopher Pastore, University of Pennsylvania

Board Members 2016


Millie Kidd, Mount Saint Mary’s University, Los Angeles

Larry Knopp

Larry Knopp, University of Washington Tacoma


Jill LeRoy-Frazier, East Tennessee State University


Wole Ojurongbe

Wole Ojurongbe, Dartmouth College


Rebecca Sharp Sanchez, Rice University


Jerry Van Hoy, University of Toledo

Ex Officio

Steve Burr

Steven Burr, Editor-in-chief, Loyola University, Confluence, The Journal of Graduate Liberal Studies

Administrative National Office Manager

Marialana Weitzel

Contact Us

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