North Central College

North Central College School of Graduate and Professional Studies

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies


30 North Brainard Street

Naperville, IL 60540

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Liberal Studies

Format: Hybrid

Program Description:

Why Pursue a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Degree at North Central College?

The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) program produces thoughtful citizens and professionals sensitive to both the lessons of history and the pressing needs of today. The degree will equip you to work productively in diverse communities and communicate effectively with precision, accuracy, and grace.

The MALS degree provides you with an opportunity to engage with great ideas across a broad range of fields. You will explore how humans relate to their communities and the natural world and how they understand themselves through small discussion-based and Socratic classrooms. You will also learn how to consider these great ideas in the context of ongoing societal issues and the pressing concerns of our own times.

As a graduate of our degree, you will be able to read, write, speak, and conduct research in ways that are consistent with scholarly traditions in the humanities and social sciences. You will gain a deeper and more sophisticated understanding of the human condition and its structural constraints; giving you the ability to approach challenges creatively and critically in your personal life, workplace and community.


Higher Learning Commission A Commission of the North Central Association 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, Illinois 60604-1411Phone: 800.621.7440 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500 Chicago, Illinois 60604-1411 Phone: 800.621.7440

Eligibility Requirements:

We use a holistic approach in giving careful consideration to all credentials in an application. Applicants who do not meet the minimum GPA of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale must have at least 5 years of professional work experience and submit a letter of intent describing how the professional work experience has contributed to your ability to perform in graduate school. We admit on a rolling admission basis, so complete your application for review as early as possible.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 30

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): $789 USD

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Midsize City

Size & Settings: 1,000-2,999

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