Texas 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
- Austin, TXAustin, TX
St. Edward's University
Design your own program, explore your passions and deepen your understanding of the human experience.
- Houston, TXHouston, TX
University of Saint Thomas (TX)
The University's Master in Liberal Arts is a post-baccalaureate program designed to supplement and enrich a student's previous education in the libera...
- Lubbock, TXLubbock, TX
Texas Tech University
The Master of Arts or Master of Science degree program in Interdisciplinary Studies is intended for mature students who wish to continue education at the graduate level but do not seek specialized training concentrated in a major area. This program is d...
- San Marcos, TXSan Marcos, TX
Texas State University-San Marcos
- Laredo, TXLaredo, TX
Texas A&M International University
- 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.
- Nacogdoches, TXNacogdoches, TX
Stephen F Austin State University
- El Paso, TXEl Paso, TX
University of Texas at El Paso
The MAIS program is designed for individuals who, having completed a baccalaureate program or professional degree program at an accredited college or...
- Abilene, TXAbilene, TX
Abilene Christian University
The Master of Liberal Arts is a non-traditional degree which requires an interdisciplinary program of studies in various...
- Edinburg, TXEdinburg, TX
University of Texas-Pan American
Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in English, History, Music and Spanish.
- Arlington, TXArlington, TX
University of Texas at Arlington
The program is practical and flexible in that it enables students to develop their own individual interdisciplinary "Program of Work" or concentration...
- San Antonio, TXSan Antonio, TX
University of The Incarnate Word
- Richardson, TXRichardson, TX
University of Texas At Dallas
- Tyler, TXTyler, TX
University of Texas At Tyler
Texas Christian University
The Master of Liberal Arts program is a multidisciplinary curriculum designed for individuals seeking to further their education in the general liberal arts. The M.L.A. degree is awarded upon successful completion of ten courses, four of which must be d...
- Fort Worth, TX
- Denton, TXDenton, TX
University of North Texas
The interdisciplinary studies program offers students a high degree of flexibility in designing a program of study that cuts across disciplinary boundaries. Applicants to the master's program can pursue one of two approaches — either a self-styled plan or...
- Victoria, TXVictoria, TX
University of Houston - Victoria
The UHV Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies is a unique program that combines multiple disciplines into one degree plan suited to your educati...
- Victoria, TX
- Stephenville, TXStephenville, TX
Tarleton State University
The Master of Science degree with a major in Liberal Studies requires 36 semester hours of graduate study.
- Dallas, TXDallas, TX
Southern Methodist University
SMU's Master of Liberal Arts program allows adults to pursue classical learning in the liberal arts in a uniquely modern format.