California 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
- Berkeley, CABerkeley, CA
Graduate Theological Union
The programs in liturgical studies at the GTU seek to promote the study and understanding of Christian worship as it is lived and expressed through the churches' various traditions and cultures. It is built on the premise that worship is the heart of th...
- Moraga, CAMoraga, CA
St. Mary's College Of California
Designed for working adults with a love of learning, the Graduate Liberal Studies Program at Saint Mary's College offers interdisciplinary study at on...
- Pleasant Hill, CAPleasant Hill, CA
John F Kennedy University
Courses in new physics, environmental sustainability, and neurophilosophy provide a new scientific paradigm.
- Rohnert Park, CARohnert Park, CA
Sonoma State University
This program makes available to exceptional students a flexible interdisciplinary graduate curriculum.
California State University, Bakersfield
Offered completely online, the Master of Science: Administration (MSA) program is an outcomes-based, interdisciplinary program...
- Turlock, CATurlock, CA
California State University, Stanislaus
Master of Arts and Master of Sciences degrees in Interdisciplinary Studies are offered under the direction of the Director of the Graduate School.
- Long Beach, CALong Beach, CA
California State University, Long Beach
- Encinitas, CAEncinitas, CA
California Institute For Human Science
The primary focus of the Integral Health program is to provide the student with the opportunity to take either a multi-disciplinary or specialized approach to the study of the human condition and experience. The core curriculum in Integral Health provid...
- Sacramento, CASacramento, CA
California State University, Sacramento
California State University, Chico
This master's program has been designed to meet the needs ofpracticing teachers in the geographically large, rural community of Northern California an...
- Fresno, CAFresno, CA
Fresno Pacific University
The Individualized Master of Arts Program (IMAP) provides structure for masters level study in areas where the University has significant strengths bu...
- San Francisco, CASan Francisco, CA
University of California - Berkeley
The program in Applied Science and Technology operates under the auspices of the College of Engineering's Interdisciplinary Studies Center. The program has three major areas of emphasis: applied physics, engineering science, and mathematical sciences.
- Irvine, CAIrvine, CA
University of California, Irvine
Graduate Students are engaged in a thorough program of study leading to professional excellence in mathematical research, or in an area of application.
- San Luis Obispo, CASan Luis Obispo, CA
California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo
The Master of Arts degree in Education with a specialization in Literacy and Reading is designed to provide teachers with professional development in...