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
Utica CollegeUpcoming Start Date: January 14, 2019
The Online MS in Data Science - Social Science Analytics teaches students how to analyze and leverage big data to deliver innovative ideas and solutions in a variety of fields.
- Boston, MABoston, MA
Explore intersectionality and cutting-edge theory...
Johns Hopkins UniversityUpcoming Start Date: May 06, 2019
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.
- Fort Lauderdale, FLFort Lauderdale, FL
Nova Southeastern University
Cross-Disciplinary Studies, M.A.Upcoming Start Date: March 11, 2019
The M.A. in Cross-disciplinary Studies is multidisciplinary, experiential, and allows students to self-design their degree.
- Morrow, GAMorrow, GA
Clayton State University
The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies degree- an interdisciplinary, evening program designed for a wide spectrum of individuals.
- Winter Park, FLWinter Park, FL
MLS is based on the premise that studying ideas of Western civilization increases intellectual awareness & self-fulfillment.
- Raleigh, NCRaleigh, NC
North Carolina State University
The purpose of this program is to offer the student theopportunity to undertake a broad, interdisciplinary program of graduate study that integrates a...
- 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.
- Marietta, OHMarietta, OH
- Buckingham, United KingdomBuckingham, United Kingdom
University of Buckingham
- Tulsa, OKTulsa, OK
Oklahoma State University
The University of Oklahoma Research and Graduate Studies Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
- Bethany, OKBethany, OK
American Bible College And Seminary
- 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...
Ames Christian University
Designed for serious graduate students, the Master of Liberal Arts (MLA) program is built on "The Great Ideas" of our time and of history.
- Villeneuve-D'Ascq, FranceVilleneuve-D'Ascq, France
Lille Graduate School of Management
- Jacksonville, ALJacksonville, AL
Jacksonville State University
The MA with a major in liberal studies is an interdisciplinary degree characterized by its flexibility.
- Arkadelphia, ARArkadelphia, AR
Henderson State University
In order to earn the Master of Liberal Arts Degree you will be completing a 36-hour interdisciplinary course of study especially developed for those w...
- Buffalo, NYBuffalo, NY
University at Buffalo
Our program promotes advanced study and specialized research in the arts and letters, cultures and societies of the Caribbean for fully bilingual (English and Spanish) students who are looking for new and exciting avenues of scholarship within and beyon...
- Ithaca, NYIthaca, NY
Pomology and Vegetable Crops are two of 89 Fields of Study at Cornell University. We award the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees for students interested in careers of research, teaching or science, and the Masters of Professional Studies (MPS) for individuals who...
- Ithaca, NY
- Chicago, ILChicago, IL
Northwestern University School of Continuing Studies
The MALS evening program provides students the opportunity to engage in interdisciplinary studies at Northwestern University.
Thomas Edison State College
The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies is designed for working professionals looking to apply liberal arts to their career.