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Designed for the intellectually curious life-long learner, Graduate Liberal Studies (GLS) is a part-time program where working students can pursue an interdisciplinary master of arts degree in liberal studies by participating in a rigorous academic program that is both flexible and diverse.
History of GLS
Established at Harbour Centre in 1992 with the help of the Graduate Liberal Studies' Endowment, GLS originated as a bastion of liberal arts at the then newly-launched Harbour Centre Campus in order to provide some balance to the preponderance of business programs being offered in Vancouver’s business-focused downtown core.
In 2013, we expanded our academic program in 2013 in partnership with the Faculty of Graduate Studies Special Arrangements Program (SAR) with the introduction of an interdisciplinary PhD in liberal studies.
GLS in the global community
GLS is proud to be involved in the international Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs (AGLSP) and has hosted their annual conference in 1996 as well as in 2008. The Program has also been involved in the West Coast GLS Symposium since its inception and hosted the tenth annual West Coast GLS Symposium in 2016. These Symposiums have been a great opportunity for students and alumni to present papers and to enjoy discussions with the wider liberal studies community.