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
- 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...
- 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...
- Leiden, NetherlandsLeiden, Netherlands
This programme enables you to acquire a range of skills, both disciplinary and interdisciplinary, historical and theoretical.
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- Villeneuve-D'Ascq, FranceVilleneuve-D'Ascq, France
Lille Graduate School of Management
- New York City, NYNew York City, NY
New School, The
The Liberal Studies program offers graduate training in intellectual history, cultural studies, and the art of fine writing, bringing together students of social thought, philosophy, the arts, and current affairs who wish to work on the quality of th...
- New York City, NY
- Morgantown, WVMorgantown, WV
West Virginia University
This program allows students to develop personalized interdisciplinary graduate programs that have a strong focus on the liberal arts. Prospective stu...
- Long Beach, CALong Beach, CA
California State University, Long Beach
- Melbourne, FLMelbourne, FL
Florida Institute of Technology
The program is designed to increase the student’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) expertise.
- 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
- Durham, KS
- Karlskrona, SwedenKarlskrona, Sweden
University of Karlskrona/Ronneby
- Columbus, OHColumbus, OH
Ohio Dominican University
Designed to make connections between the study of the liberal arts and the lifelong journey toward becoming fully human.
- Fairfax, VAFairfax, VA
George Mason University
This degree prepares you to effectively launch, manage & grow the next generation of social ventures and create systemic change.
- Fairfax, VA
- Vancouver, BCVancouver, BC
University of British Columbia
Interdepartmental and inter-faculty groupings are usually able to guide students in setting up disciplinary programs. Where no established degree program exists, a student may request admission into a special individual interdisciplinary program adminis...
- Kelowna, BC
- Shreveport, LAShreveport, LA
Louisiana State University In Shreveport
A broadly based program of 33 semester hours, the Master of Liberal Arts offers the mature student a graduate program that is interdisciplinary in nat...
- Tampa, FLTampa, FL
University of South Florida
The Master of Arts in Liberal Arts is an interdisciplinary, interdepartmental program that offers students an opportunity to study the ideas and works that have shaped world culture.
- Cambridge, MACambridge, MA
Interdisciplinary Studies is a two-year, 36-credit, individualized program of graduate study.
- 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.
- San Antonio, TXSan Antonio, TX
University of The Incarnate Word
- Omaha, NEOmaha, NE
Creighton's Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, for those who believe that education is the work of a lifetime.