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
- Fairbanks, AKFairbanks, AK
University of Alaska - Fairbanks
- Reykjavik, IcelandReykjavik, Iceland
University of Iceland
- 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.
- Stirling, United KingdomStirling, United Kingdom
University of Stirling
Gradute programs of one year (taught Masters degrees); Masters programs by research; research degrees. Programs open to graduate students with suitabl...
- Milwaukee, WIMilwaukee, WI
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Research-oriented M.A. program, specializing in both social scientific and humanistic approaches to media scholarship.
- Wichita, KSWichita, KS
Wichita State University
The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program at Wichita State University is a graduate level program which allows students to pursue interdisciplinar...
- Groningen, NetherlandsGroningen, Netherlands
University of Groningen
The general goal of the Master's Degree Programme /Philosophy: Knowledge and Knowledge Development/ is to train students to do philosophical research.
- Kalamazoo, MIKalamazoo, MI
Western Michigan University
California State University, Bakersfield
Offered completely online, the Master of Science: Administration (MSA) program is an outcomes-based, interdisciplinary program...
- Nashville, GANashville, GA
- Saratoga Springs, NYSaratoga Springs, NY
A uniquely flexible, customized interdisciplinary degree earned through part-time, self-paced study from anywhere in the world.
- Saratoga Springs, NY
- Iowa City, IAIowa City, IA
University of Iowa
- Calgary, ABCalgary, AB
University of Calgary
Previously known as the Resources and the Environment Program, the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program can trace its founding back to 1968.
- Lethbridge, ABLethbridge, AB
University of Lethbridge
The Master of Arts program majoring in Individualized Multidisciplinary allows students to do research and works to facilitate critical dialogues across academic disciplinary areas. ...
- Lethbridge, AB
- Miami, FLMiami, FL
University of St. Thomas
The 36-credit-hour Master in Liberal Arts (MLA) program at the University of St. Thomas is a customizable and flexible degree...
- Dearborn, MIDearborn, MI
University of Michigan - Dearborn
Program develops critical thinking, writing skills, interdisciplinary knowledge and techniques.
- Great Falls, MTGreat Falls, MT
University of Great Falls
- Ottawa, ONOttawa, ON
The Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies offers graduate level courses which can be used towards a degree program in another discipline.
- North Chicago, ILNorth Chicago, IL
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
These programs are an opportunity for individuals interested in healthcare management and healthcare practitioners interested i...
- Baltimore, MDBaltimore, MD
University of Baltimore
- Yellow Springs, OHYellow Springs, OH
Antioch University Midwest
Earn an M.A. without relocating in this program designed for working professionals. Program combines short term residencies and...
- Huntington, WVHuntington, WV
- Chicago, ILChicago, IL
Robert Morris University - Illinois
Addresses the expanding needs of professionals who manage information resources; solve information, communications and technolo...