Thomas Edison State College

Heavin School of Arts & Sciences

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies

Format: Online

Program Description:

The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) degree program is designed for working professionals interested in applying the rigorous study of the liberal arts to their chosen professions. Students may tailor their Master's program to profession or their interests by selecting a Learner-Designed Area of Study. The program focuses on the links between the liberal arts and a student's career, which enables them to gain specific competencies and perspectives that can make a difference in their career. Students may also enroll in the (MALS) Professional Communications Area of Study which provides students with a way to showcase their skills in the new marketplace of ideas, especially in the new media shift that encompasses all fields of communication from education to healthcare to public policy to business. After successfully completing the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program, students will be able to: • Articulate and evaluate a system of values, its historical context and its effect on personal well-being and workplace and community cohesion • Apply the imaginative and analytical skills developed through immersion in the liberal arts to decision making in the family, at the workplace, and/or in the local and global community • Incorporate new knowledge to transform awareness of self and the local and global community • Emphasize the values of compassion, justice and respect for the rights of others inherent in metaphysical and spiritual traditions • Demonstrate the ability to sustain a cogent, cohesive and articulate argument informed by the liberal arts and the learner designed area of study • Assess the environmental impact of our viewpoints and projects on the natural world. Credits Required: 36 Credits are required to Earn a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies at Thomas Edison State College The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies courses LAP-500 The Liberal Arts and Professional Life (3 credits) SAM-501 Sense of Community I: Art and Morality (3 credits) SAM-502 Sense of Community II: Faith and Reason (3 credits) CCR-610 Change, Conflict and Resolution (3 credits) SIC-520 The Species, The Individual and Community (3 credits) THC-625 Technology and the Human Community (3 credits) MLS-700 Capstone I (3 credits) MLS-710 Capstone II (3 credits) Area of Study electives (12 credits) 2012-2013 MALS Tuition/ Financial Aid Tuition (per credit attempted) $576.00 Application fee $75.00 Graduation fee $280.00 Thomas Edison State College participates in a number of federal and state financial aid programs. Eligible Thomas Edison State College students may receive Pell Grants or Federal Education Loans, such as the Subsidized Stafford Loan and the Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, for courses offered by the College. Eligible New Jersey residents also may tap a variety of state grant and loan programs. Students may use state aid to meet all or part of their college costs, provided they are taking at least 12 college credits per term.


Thomas Edison State College is regionally accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. This prestigious accreditation is part of a national system of quality assurance which requires colleges and universities to reach a common unde

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 36

Classification: Master's College or University II

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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