Master of Arts in Liberal Studies
The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program at Ursuline College seeks to develop critical thinking skills that prepare students for a lifetime of learning in their personal and professional lives. In this program, these skills are applied to an examination of values and their expressions in contemporary American society from interdisciplinary, historical, and cross-cultural perspectives. In examining values and their sources we seek a deeper awareness of choices made by society and ethical consequences of those choices for ourselves and the larger global arena. We seek lessons about responsible ways to promote human fulfillment in the worlds in which we live.
We at Ursuline College invite you to consider our Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) Program. Our goal is to provide resources of intellect and imagination that prepare students to see the everyday worlds they encounter in fresh new perspectives and to act based on new visions.
Our organizing principle is values and their expressions. Values include beliefs and principles that society or its parts consider worthwhile. We examine a wide array of values-political, economic, social and cultural. Scholars have written extensively about technology and values. There are values based on gender, race, ethnicity, religion and age. There are national and regional values. Some values are persistent over time. Others fade away while new values emerge. These values reveal much about our society-past, present and future.
MALS examines these values through a variety of expressions such as art, architecture, religion, literature, the cinema, music and fashion. These expressions derive from the special expertise of committed full-time faculty at Ursuline College who teach MALS courses.
The program seeks a practical application of the values and expressions framework. We examine forces shaping these values, resulting behaviors, implications of these behaviors for society and lessons we might learn for responsible ways of living-in our personal lives and in the various worlds in which we live.
Our classes are small, generally fewer than ten students. They are seminar-based allowing for a fruitful student-faculty interaction as a way of learning. Classes may also include an online component or may be offered online. We regularly cross-list MALS courses with other Master's program courses with a values component. Students from other Master's programs at Ursuline also take MALS courses, resulting in rich and diverse class room settings.
We offer a one-third tuition reduction for educators and administrators in public and private schools as well as community librarians. We also offer a bridge program whereby undergraduate students at Ursuline College are able to earn up to six credits towards the MALS Program.
Ursuline College is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
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Facts & Figures
Financial Aid: Yes
International Financial Aid: Yes
Classification: Master's College or University I
Locale: Large Suburb
Size & Settings: 1,000-2,999