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
- Long Beach, CALong Beach, CA
California State University, Long Beach
- Lake Forest, ILLake Forest, IL
Lake Forest College
The Graduate Program in Liberal Studies program is designed for those who have completed a bachelor's degree and who want to enhance their ability to...
- Bethany, OKBethany, OK
American Bible College And Seminary
- 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.
- Provo, UTProvo, UT
Brigham Young University
- Baltimore, MDBaltimore, MD
Loyola University Maryland
Offers a contemporary approach to the examination of origins of western culture and the subsequent impact on Modern American.
- Montclair, NJMontclair, NJ
Montclair State University
Aquatic and Coastal Sciences represent the wide variety of ecosystems that are linked through water.
- South Orange, NJSouth Orange, NJ
Seton Hall University
Seton Hall University's College of Education and Human Services prepares students for a multitude of teaching opportunities while offering knowledge and understanding in the foundations of education that enhance professional competency. The Graduate...
- Rochester, MIRochester, MI
The program is in harmony with the goals of a liberal education:...
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.
- Dearborn, MIDearborn, MI
University of Michigan - Dearborn
Program develops critical thinking, writing skills, interdisciplinary knowledge and techniques.
- Leiden, NetherlandsLeiden, Netherlands
This programme enables you to acquire a range of skills, both disciplinary and interdisciplinary, historical and theoretical.
Institute of Global Education
Develop a full or part time career that helps increase personal, social and environmental well being. ....Google: Project NatureConnect.... Add sustainability to your livelihood and education. Empower yourself to walk and teach nature's rewardi...
- Karlskrona, SwedenKarlskrona, Sweden
University of Karlskrona/Ronneby
- Villeneuve-D'Ascq, FranceVilleneuve-D'Ascq, France
Lille Graduate School of Management
- Buckingham, United KingdomBuckingham, United Kingdom
University of Buckingham
- 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...
- 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.
- Dayton, INDayton, IN
University of Dayton
The University of Dayton offers over 50 disciplinary and cross-disciplinary advanced degree programs, making it easy for students to find the program...