Prospective Students

Applications are open for Fall 2021

Applications will be accepted from October 15, 2020 to April 6, 2021 for the Fall 2021 Cohort of Graduate Liberal Studies. Please contact for more information.

Are you ready to further your academic studies at a Graduate level?  Our Master of Arts program is designed for mature students to engage with graduate-level discussion and thought through part-time courses at SFU's Harbour Centre, located in the heart of downtown Vancouver.

The GLS program is for individuals who wish to expand their intellectual horizons through graduate level study in an atmosphere that is cooperative, respectful and challenging. The program differs from conventional graduate programs in three ways:

  •  The focus is on breadth of learning, integrating knowledge from many of the traditional disciplines in order to provide an intellectual grounding in ideas and values that have shaped our culture.
  • The program is designed for the working adult, the part-time student. Seminars are scheduled during evening and weekend hours at SFU's downtown campus, and the degree can be completed over a period of over 3-4 years.
  • The program emphasizes a community of inquiry and discussion in addition to independent research. Liberal Studies Seminars, designed especially for the program, and taught by faculty members chosen for their enthusiasm for teaching adults, are available only to Liberal Studies students.

The aim of the Graduate Liberal Studies program is to immerse students in an expansive, multidisciplinary, and multi-perspectival study of the human condition. Students engage with historical and contemporary texts, discussing the ideas, positions, and arguments concerning persons, societies, and their inter-relations. They explore tensions inherent in human cultures through various lenses: for example, reason and passion, personal and social goods, human use and abuse of the environment. By participating in a community of learning based on interdisciplinary seminars and on research utilizing various modes of inquiry, they develop an enhanced understanding of themselves and others.  

"GLS opened new avenues for me at a time when I was becoming intellectually and professionally restless."