Northwestern University School of Continuing Studies

School of Professional Studies

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies


Wieboldt Hall, 6th Floor

339 East Chicago Avenue

Chicago, IL 60611

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies part-time evening program affords students the opportunity to engage in interdisciplinary studies at Northwestern University. The MALS program cuts a wide swath through the humanities and social sciences, studying the work of some of the world’s most powerful thinkers. As students explore a broad variety of subject matter, they enrich their understanding of social and cultural issues and improve their ability to analyze, write and complete research. MALS graduates strengthen and refine the analytical, critical and communicative skills that are highly transferable to any number of professional contexts. Secondary school teachers gain a competitive edge by deepening their subject area knowledge. For other students, the program can clarify the next stage in career or in life or provide excellent preparation for further graduate study. Students may choose to focus their coursework in the following specializations: American studies, Chicago studies, history, religious and ethical studies, or they may devise an independent plan of study. This interdisciplinary degree program offers courses year-round on both the Evanston and Chicago campuses of Northwestern University.


Northwestern University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), a Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges (NCA).

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Loans Offered: Students in master's degree programs may qualify for federal or private loans. Graduate students should direct their financial aid eligibility questions to the Chicago Office of Financial Aid at 312-503-8722.

Locale: Midsize City

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