Liberal Studies Masters Programs & Graduate Degrees
A masters in liberal studies offers a broad-based, interdisciplinary framework drawing primarily from the humanities and social sciences. Students can earn a master’s degree or a Ph.D. in this discipline.
Liberal arts graduate programs are not standardized. Each course of study offers different areas of study. Before applying, it is important to have a general sense of an area you would like to focus on so you can ensure the schools you’re considering offer relevant classes.
Liberal arts graduate programs were created to promote learning. Potential students ideally possess the following qualities:
- A love of reading
- A broad range of scholarly interests
- An affinity for holistic, systems-based thinking
- Motivation to create an independent track of study
- Desire for an academic approach that’s not part of conventional master’s programs
Liberal Arts Graduate Degree and Curriculum
Liberal arts graduate programs are generally comprised of seminars introducing students to key themes and texts, a multitude of electives draw from various disciplines. Elective courses can be housed within the graduate program of liberal arts or in separate departments, creating opportunities for connecting with students and professors who have different affiliations. Classes tend to be small, offering space for discussion and sharing of ideas.
Depending upon the school, liberal arts graduate students may have the opportunity to design their own course of study by drawing from an extremely diverse range of course offerings. It’s important to note, students are expected to explore their academic specialization within the context of a broader culture. Completion of a degree usually requires a thesis or capstone project offering new research or a fresh interpretation of research that has been done in the past.
Liberal Arts graduate programs are
generally designed to be completed in two years of full-time study, but may offer part and full time schedule options to accommodate working students. Because these programs are so flexible and self-directed in nature, there are usually many opportunities for study abroad.
A bachelor’s degree, personal statement and letters of recommendation are usually required, in some cases GRE scores are not required, be sure to check with the admissions department of your chosen school for information on specific application requirements
Liberal Arts Career Paths
Liberal Arts graduate degrees can prepare an individual for a number of different careers. Those pursuing a graduate degree in liberal arts often become teachers or college professors. However, graduates may also find positions in a number of different industries; employment eligibility is often determined by an individual’s specific experience, talents, and area of expertise. Some liberal arts career options could include:
- Entry level management
- Design/ Graphic arts
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Johns Hopkins University
Established in 1962 the Johns Hopkins Master of Liberal Arts (MLA) Program has gained national recognition for the quality of its teaching and the breadth of its course offerings.
- Plainfield, VTPlainfield, VT
Part of the Goddard Graduate Institute, the Individualized Master of Arts is a four-semester (48 credit) interdisciplinary liberal studies degree integrating personal vision and voice with radical thinking and engaged practice...
- Plainfield, VT
- Fort Lauderdale, FLFort Lauderdale, FL
Nova Southeastern University
Cross-Disciplinary Studies, M.A.
The M.A. in Cross-disciplinary Studies is multidisciplinary, experiential, and allows students to self-design their degree.
- Oklahoma City, OKOklahoma City, OK
Oklahoma City University
MLA program is designed to enable adults to acquire a broader knowledge, deeper insight, and greater understanding of our cultural heritage in the hum...
- Port Elizabeth, South AfricaPort Elizabeth, South Africa
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
This exciting interdisciplinary programme integrates contributions from Sociology, Geography, Political Studies, Public Administration, and Organisati...
- Clinton, CTClinton, CT
Do you have a passion for gaining knowledge just for wisdom’s sake? Or do you envision yourself in a career where...
- Kalmar, SwedenKalmar, Sweden
- Tempe, AZTempe, AZ
Arizona State University
The Master of Liberal Studies offers students interested in a multidisciplinary approach to human ideas and values an opportunity to expand their libe...
- Niagara University, NYNiagara University, NY
Niagara UniversityÆs M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies offers students the opportunity to take their academic interests in any...
- Pleasant Hill, CAPleasant Hill, CA
John F Kennedy University
Courses in new physics, environmental sustainability, and neurophilosophy provide a new scientific paradigm.
- Bethany, OKBethany, OK
American Bible College And Seminary
- Hickory, NCHickory, NC
Lenoir - Rhyne University
LR’s Master of Arts degree in Liberal Studies, administered by the Office of Graduate and Adult Learning, provides a unique graduate opportunity for adults...
- Russellville, ARRussellville, AR
Arkansas Tech University
M.L.A. - Communications is for those interested in English, journalism, language, linguistics, literature, and speech...
Metropolitan State University
Student-centered Master of Liberal Studies program that will enable you to broaden and deepen your knowledge of the liberal arts...
- Bronx, NYBronx, NY
City University of New York (CUNY) Lehman College
- Houston, TXHouston, TX
Houston Baptist University
Master of Liberal Arts programs offer challenging interdisciplinary study to adults who work toward a master's degree while maintaining their careers.
- Tulsa, OKTulsa, OK
Oklahoma State University
The University of Oklahoma Research and Graduate Studies Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
- Ottawa, ONOttawa, ON
The Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies offers graduate level courses which can be used towards a degree program in another discipline.
- Fulda, GermanyFulda, Germany
Hochschule Fulda University of Applied Sciences
- Durham, NCDurham, NC
This is an interdisciplinary graduate program whose structure encourages students to develop an individual program of study with competence in a literary period and a topic of advanced research developed in accordance with their interests. Students stud...
- Durham, NC
- Roanoke, VARoanoke, VA
Designed for the working adult interested in career advancement or exploring new interests, this interdisciplinary curriculum is flexible and features fall, spring, and summer terms, full- or part-time, primarily evening classes with options for online...
- Louisville, KYLouisville, KY
University of Louisville