University of Miami

College of Arts and Sciences

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies


P.O. Box 249178

Coral Gables, FL 33146

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Campus

Program Description:

You honor the inner life. You have the deeper questions, need better answers. You want to read the books and talk about the ideas that shape our world. You have an inquiring mind, an experienced perspective, and a firm sense of purpose about learning. The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program is designed for the returning student who seeks to develop the critical thinking that marks a truly educated person; for the student who brings a heightened awareness of the unanswered questions that confront an inquiring mind; for the self-motivated person who never stops asking the first question: why? MALS students come from varied backgrounds. They are artists, business people, engineers, homemakers, lawyers, matriculating students, physicians, and teachers. The program gives them the opportunity for intellectual and personal growth and for sharing their experiences with others in a community of learning. With the assistance of an academic advisor, students can design their own individualized course of study. The core curriculum of 9 credits provides students with a broad understanding of cultural backgrounds and lays the groundwork for the additional 21 credits of elective interdisciplinary study that completes the degree.


Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; 22 other professional accrediting agencies.

International Student Requirements:

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS must also include a certified translation of all transcripts, as well as a certified copy of any diploma awarded. Upon review by International Admissions, applicants may need to provide I-20 information and proof of Visa status. All students whose native language is not English are required to submit official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The TOEFL code for the University of Miami is 5815. For more information please visit our website.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 30

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large Suburb

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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