Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs


Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs

The Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs is the professional organization of academic programs providing graduate interdisciplinary education in the liberal arts and sciences for working adults. The Association provides a forum for the exchange of information and ideas among the administrators of programs granting degrees such as Master of Liberal Arts, Master of Liberal Studies and Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, among others, and to programs with related curricula and goals. The AGLSP promotes the core concepts 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.

President's Welcome!

Welcome to the official website for the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs (AGLSP)!  Our 80+ member institutions, as well as our alumni and our students holding individual membership, are deeply committed to the value of interdisciplinary education in the liberal arts and sciences.  Although we welcome students of all ages, our member programs have historically catered to working adults who bring significant life experience to the learning process, and who have demonstrated their commitment to lifelong learning.  The wonderful mix of students from so many walks of life provides a rich base for meaningful dialogue and deep learning, and we are appreciative of the opportunity work with them.  Our member programs offer a full range of graduate options (certificate, master’s, doctoral), so if you are interested in those pursuits, we invite you to join us!

The Association’s annual conference, held each fall, provides a wonderful opportunity for networking with like-minded scholars, and as a venue for presenting your own (or your students’) work.  Our honor society is a great way for students to become involved so if your institution has not yet joined that effort, we encourage you to do so.  Several of our member programs also join together for regional conferences during the year and we invite you to check those out.  Our annual Faculty Award is a wonderful way to honor the faculty members who inspire their students toward deeper and broader engagement with interdisciplinary topics, and our various student awards (creative writing, interdisciplinary essays, student presentations) are a great way to reward outstanding student scholarship.  Please browse the site to find the guidelines for these different opportunities and let us know if you have questions.

We also invite you to visit the site for Confluence, which is the Association’s free-access journal.   AGLSP members, and students of member institutions, are eligible to submit work, and at the Confluence site, you’ll find a variety of articles exploring interdisciplinary topics across the spectrum of the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.  You’ll also find poetry, creative prose, and interesting artwork, so please browse and enjoy!

Again, welcome to AGLSP.  We invite you to explore the resources and links provided here, and to take advantages of the many opportunities made possible through the Association!


Martha L. Banz

President, AGLSP


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AGLSP National Office
Rice University
6100 Main Street
Houston, TX  77005

(713) 348-6118


Annual Conference

Information about the Annual Conference.

Member ResourcES

Information about the Member Resource.

Confluence Journal

Information about the Confluence Journal.