Georgetown University

School of Continuing Studies

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies


3700 O Street, NW

Washington, DC 20057

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Georgetown University's Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) program takes a more holistic approach than other master's programs, providing you with the skills and experience that form the bedrock for advancement or change in any career.

Knowledge is ineffective without understanding, and that understanding is achieved only through interaction. Georgetown's program focuses on the exchange of dialogue, ideas, and perspectives that define humanity and continue to influence daily experiences.

The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies courses have roots in the past with an eye to the future. Throughout your time in the program, you will study the Crusades, the Federalist Papers, the Constitution, Shakespeare, Chaucer, Thomas Jefferson, Gandhi, and the legacy of Greece and Rome. You will explore neuroethics, cyberethics and global bioethics. You will examine the pursuit of peace, religion, politics, existentialism, and the search for meaning. You will scrutinize globalization, the American labor movement, and the values and issues in international affairs. And as you read, discuss, analyze, write, debate, and share within this close-knit community of scholars, you will grow—intellectually, culturally, and professionally.

Georgetown’s rich Jesuit tradition informs the common thread throughout the curriculum. Rooted in the core value of cura personalis ("care for the whole person"), the program emphasizes a comprehensive educational approach that cultivates the body, mind, and spirit.

Degree Requirements
Students may choose from two program tracks to earn the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies degree:

  • 30-Credit Degree Plan: Nine courses, including two foundational courses, a daylong writing workshop, and a three-credit thesis. (30 credits, including three-credit thesis.)
  • 36-Credit Degree Plan: Twelve courses, including two foundational courses and a daylong writing workshop; no thesis is required. (36 credits, no thesis.)


A Flexible Format
Designed for busy adults, the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program offers students flexible paths for pursuing their degrees without career interruption. Students may enroll on a part-time or full-time basis, and courses are offered in the evening on Georgetown University’s historic Hilltop campus.

With both thesis and non-thesis options, the program provides you with the freedom to tailor your degree to your unique personal and professional goals.


All programs offered by Georgetown are accredited through the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

International Student Requirements:

International candidates who hold the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree are welcome to apply. An official course-by-course evaluation from World Education Services or Educational Credential Evaluators will be required to confirm the equivalency of education completed outside of the United States. International applicants for whom English is not their native language must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. Complete admissions requirements are available on our website.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Loans Offered: Financial assistance is available to those who qualify. Applicants may apply for loans by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). FAFSA Code: 001445

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