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
- Lawrence, INLawrence, IN
University of Kansas
Indigenous Studies at KU builds students' in-depth knowledge of Indigenous peoples’ complex and diverse cultures and histories.
- Villanova, PAVillanova, PA
In Graduate Liberal Studies, you are free to investigate what truly interests you by tracing your own path through the humanities and social sciences. Through our program, you will develop multiple important skills for the modern workplace, including...
- Chicago, ILChicago, IL
University of Chicago
A liberal education is a foundational experience. The MLA program offers graduate-level course work in the liberal arts.
- Boston, MABoston, MA
Designed for individuals who wish to deepen their understanding of the relationship between culture and social sciences.
- 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...
- 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...
- 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.
- Winter Park, FLWinter Park, FL
MLS is based on the premise that studying ideas of Western civilization increases intellectual awareness & self-fulfillment.
- 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.
- Denver, CODenver, CO
University of Denver
The liberal arts education provides for meaning in our lives, celebrates the spirit of human creativity, and canvasses the breadth of great ideas, div...
- Austin, TXAustin, TX
St. Edward's University
Design your own program, explore your passions and deepen your understanding of the human experience.
- Marietta, OHMarietta, OH
- 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...
- 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
- Nacogdoches, TXNacogdoches, TX
Stephen F Austin State University
- New York City, NYNew York City, NY
- Peoria, ILPeoria, IL
The purpose of the Master of Liberal Studies program is to provide motivated adults with opportunities to continue intellectual growth by integrating...
Develop your own Postgraduate Programme through Independent and Work Based Study (PGCert, PGDip, MA/MSc) The Learning Contract Programme offers the opportunity to:Design your own individually tailored postgraduate programmeBuild on work base...
Rochester Institute of Technology
The professional studies program is specifically designed to assist professionals and students to create a customized plan of study comprised of two or three areas tailored to their educational or career objectives.
- Rochester, NY
- 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...